Tactusa schnacki Fibiger

FIBIGER, MICHAEL, 2010, Revision of the Micronoctuidae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea) Part 3, Taxonomy of the Tactusinae, Zootaxa 2583 (1), pp. 1-119: 18-19

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http://doi.org/ 10.11646/zootaxa.2583.1.1

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Tactusa schnacki Fibiger

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Tactusa schnacki Fibiger   , new species

( Plate 1, figure 5; male genit. plate 12, figure 4)

Material examined. Holotype: male, India NE, Assam, Khasis , -. viii.1894, genit. prep. 3733 M. Fibiger, coll. BMNH.  

Taxonomic notes. T. schnacki   is a member of the trigonifera   species-group, which has a blackish triangular or quadrangular patch between the antemedial and postmedial lines, the typical Tactusa   ampulla and a prominent, long, heavily sclerotised anellus that is totally fused to juxta.

Diagnosis. Imago (external). Wingspan: 12 mm.

Forewing: narrow, pointed at apex; ground colour brownish, darker by costal patch in medial area and in subterminal area.

Crosslines: only terminal line, marked by interneural black spots.

Reniform stigma: well marked; white.

Hindwing: dark grey with indistinct discal spot.

Underside: unicolorous grey.

Male genitalia. Tegumen: narrow.

Vinculum: strongly built.

Saccus: short; strongly built, broadly U shaped.

Fultura superior: membranous.

Valva: asymmetrical; left side broader and with one large ‘window’ (apo.).

Ampulla: forming a cross with axis of valva; slightly asymmetrical, ventral arm much larger than dorsal arm.

Digitus: present; humplike (apo.).

Juxta and anellus plate: fused; anellar plate triangular, heavily sclerotised.

Phallus: S shaped, with a prominent plate by ductus ejaculatorius and with two carina spines (apo.). Vesica: cylindrical, with small subbasal spined patch and tiny apical cornutus.

Female genitalia. Unknown.

Differential diagnosis. T. schnacki   does not resemble T. trigonifera   in external characters, but does so in several features of genitalia, e.g., asymmetrical ‘windows’ in left sacculus, triangular anellus, presence of a digitus, and two carina spines. It differs from other Micronoctuidae   from SE Asian and Oriental regions in most of autapomorphies given under T. trigonifera   below.

Distribution. Known from a single specimen from NE India, Assam.