Agnippe Chambers

Lee, Sangmi & Brown, Richard L., 2008, Revision of Holarctic Teleiodini (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), Zootaxa 1818, pp. 1-55: 11-12

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Agnippe Chambers


Agnippe Chambers  

Agnippe Chambers, 1872 b: 194   .

Type species: Agnippe biscolorella Chambers, 1872   , by subsequent designation ( Meyrick 1925). Aganippe Chambers, 1880 b: 198   . Misspelling of Agnippe Chambers, 1872   . Phaetusa Chambers, 1875 f: 105   . Preoccupied by Phaetusa Wagler, 1832   . Evippe Chambers, 1873 a: 185   . New Synonymy

Type species: Evippe prunifoliella Chambers, 1873   , by monotypy. Tholerostola Meyrick, 1917: 40.

Type species: Tholerostola omphalopa Meyrick, 1917   , by monotypy.

Description. Imago ( Figs. 51–52 View FIGURES 51 – 58 ). Labial palpus long, extending beyond vertex, second and third segments subequal in length, second segment slightly thickened with scales dorsoventrally. Antenna longer than half forewing length. Clypeus with ventral margin rounded. Ocellus absent. Posterior area of sitophore with four campaniform sensilla in line except one or other of middle two offset; anterior area with four campaniform sensilla. Forewing (length/width ratio 4.1) without tufts of raised scales, R 1 absent in male, present in female, R 5 and M 1 stalked, M 2 and M 3 stalked, CuA 1 arising halfway between M 3 and CuA 2 ( Fig. 10 View FIGURES 7 – 18 ); median fascia present or absent, if present, directed from base of costa toward posterior margin, often with sinuate line separating dark costal area and pale posterior area. Hindwing narrower than forewing (length/width ratio 4.6), M 1 absent, M 2 close to M 3, M 3 and CuA 1 separate ( Fig. 15 View FIGURES 7 – 18 ), male with hair pencil present at base of anal area or at 1 / 3 costa. Male abdominal tergum VIII lingulate, with anterolateral hair pencil; sternum VIII broad, anterior margin broadly emarginate. Female abdominal segment VIII evenly sclerotized, without special modifications.

Male genitalia ( Fig. 25 View FIGURES 25 – 29 ): uncus elongate, slender, rounded distally, with slight mesial incision, subequal in length with gnathos; gnathos with spatulate dorsal part and trifid apex of ventral part; costal part of valva as long as length of tegumen, digitate with small apical dentate projection; saccular part of valva lobelike; tegumen basal width/length ratio 0.8; vinculum with pair of weak mesial projections; saccus as long as length of gnathos, rodlike; phallus stout, some species with group of needlelike cornuti.

Female genitalia ( Fig. 40 View FIGURES 40 – 43 ): apophyses posteriores 2 x length of apophyses anteriores; apophyses anteriores subequal in length with abdominal segment VIII; antrum broadly funnel shaped to tubular; ductus bursae broad, shorter than species in Teleiodes   ; distinct accessory bursae with row of well-developed spinules; signum suboval with sinuous posterior margin, irregular anterior edge and with transverse ridge.

Larva. Undescribed.

Pupa. Body smooth; abdominal segment VII with lateral cavity bordered by fringe of setae and with cephalic margin trilobed ( Mosher 1916).

Diagnosis. Agnippe   and some species of Aristotelia   have a similar wing pattern, but Agnippe   differs by the forewing having R 5 and M 1 stalked and M 2 and M 3 stalked, and the male genitalia having a split valva and a dorsal part of gnathos ( Fig. 25 View FIGURES 25 – 29 ).

Hosts. Fagaceae   : Quercus   spp. ( A. laudatella   ). Fabaceae   : Lespedeza   sp. (A. sp.), Gleditsia   sp. ( A. biscolorella   ). Rosaceae   : Cercocarpus ledifolius Nutt.   ( A. abdita   ), Prunus   spp. ( A. prunifoliella   ). ( Forbes 1923; Kimball 1965; Okada 1961; Opler 1974; Robinson et al. 2002).

Diversity and distribution. Agnippe   includes 23 species occurring throughout North America, southeastern Europe, and Asia ( Amsel 1961; Forbes 1923; Huemer and Karsholt 1999; Keifer 1927; Li 1993; Li and Zheng 1998; Meyrick 1925; Okada 1961; Wang and Li 1994).

Notes. Chambers (1873 a) differentiated Evippe   from Agnippe   based on the absence of R 1 in the forewing (termed the first subcostal branch), but he mentioned his uncertainty in naming this genus. Although R 1 is absent in the male of the type species, E. prunifoliella   , this vein is present in the female as well as in the female of A. crinella Keifer. Busck   (1906, fig. 1) illustrated a male forewing of A. evippeella Busck   that lacks R 1. Male and female genital characters indicate all species belong to one genus.












Agnippe Chambers

Lee, Sangmi & Brown, Richard L. 2008


Chambers 1872: 194