Nephelomilta admiranda Volynkin & Černý

Volynkin, Anton V. & Černý, Karel, 2018, Revision of the genus Nephelomilta Hampson, 1900, with descriptions of twelve new species and two new subspecies (Lepidoptera, Erebidae, Arctiinae), Zootaxa 4472 (3), pp. 401-451: 409-410

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Nephelomilta admiranda Volynkin & Černý

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Nephelomilta admiranda Volynkin & Černý  , sp. nov.

( Figs.17, 18View FIGURES 13–24, 91, 92View FIGURES 90–92)

Type material. Holotype ( Figs. 17View FIGURES 13–24, 91View FIGURES 90–92): ♂, “NE India, Assam, Pan Bari Reserv [Reserve] Foorest [ Forest ], 27°08'N, 94°00'E, 4–7.VII.1997, leg. Sinjaev & Murzin ”, slide MWM 31652View Materials Volynkin (Coll. MWM/ ZSM).GoogleMaps 

Paratypes: 3 ♂, NE India, Assam, Nambor Reserve Forest, Garampani , h= 100 m, 26°30'N, 93°56'E, 21– 29.XI.1997, leg. V. Siniaev & M. Murzin, slides MWM 31651View Materials (♂), MWM 31736View Materials (♂), ZSM ArctGoogleMaps  . 30/2017 (♂) Volynkin (Coll. MWM/ZSM).

Diagnosis. Length of forewing is 10.5– 11 mm in males. The forewing pattern is very similar to that of other small or medium-sized congeners with red pattern (e.g., N. effracta  , N. effractoida  and N. gulmargensis  also known from NE India), but the transverse lines are narrower. A reliable identification is possible only by the genitalia structure. The male genitalia of N. admiranda  differ clearly from those of other congeners by the medially curved uncus, the almost elliptical valve (whereas in other Nephelomilta  species the valve is more or less elongated), the very narrow distal section of the costa with the ventral-apical process short, thin, apically pointed, and directed distally (only N. taprobana  has similar thin and pointed process, but it is directed ventrally), the extremely large, spearhead-like ampulla (whereas in other congeners the ampulla is short and trigonal), and the unique vesica configuration characterized by the combination of the small distal and the extremely long medial diverticula.

The female is unknown.

Distribution. North-East India (Assam).

Etymology. 'Admiranda' means 'astonishing' in Latin. The species name refers to its male genitalia characterized by a complex of features unique in the genus.


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