Phyllonorycter hibiscola, De Prins, 2012

Prins, Jurate De & Kawahara, Akito Y., 2012, 3594, Zootaxa 3594, pp. 1-283: 98

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Phyllonorycter hibiscola


The hibiscola   group

The only species belonging to this group, Phyllonorycter hibiscola De Prins   , n. sp. can readily be distinguished from many Afrotropical Phyllonorycter   by the deep golden brownish ground colour and golden brownish shine of forewing that resembles P. adderis   , P. gato   , P. lemarchandi   , P. umukarus   and the European species P. schreberella   and P. tristrigella   that feed on Ulmus sp.   The above-mentioned species also have a different male and female genital morphology and fall into different informal species groups. Therefore, only dissections provide means for the designation into species groups and species identification. The discovery of a male could resolve the taxonomic position of P. hibiscola   . At the moment, we place P. hibiscola   into its own species group. Female genitalia are characteristic for having a long, narrow, fold-like sclerotization of cuticle, ostium bursae situated at middle of segment VII, a heavy sclerotized ring encircling the anterior margin of segment VII, short ductus bursae, corpus bursae elongate, without signum. The hibiscola   species utilizes Malvaceae   as its host plant.