Tactusa Fibiger

FIBIGER, MICHAEL, 2010, Revision of the Micronoctuidae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea) Part 3, Taxonomy of the Tactusinae, Zootaxa 2583 (1), pp. 1-119: 13-14

publication ID

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

persistent identifier


treatment provided by


scientific name

Tactusa Fibiger

new genus

Genus Tactusa Fibiger   , new genus

Type-species: Tactusa sumatrensis Fibiger   , new species.

Taxonomic notes. The genus Tactusa   includes 27 known species, placed in 4 species-groups: T. major   species-group; T. trigonifera   species-group; T. nieukerkeni   species-group and T. artus   species-group. Except that they share several prominent structural features, they are regarded as modifications within the generic ground plan of the genus. With only a few exceptions, the species can be recognised only by structures in the male and female genitalia.

Diagnosis. Character states of Tactusa   generally defined above, in subfamily Tactusinae   and tribe Tactusini   diagnoses; apomorphies for Tactusa   indicated by (apo.);

Imago (external). Thorax, tegulae and ground-colour of forewing: light yellowish brown, forewing often with a well-marked quadranglar or triangular costal patch between antemedial and postmedial lines.

Reniform stigma: outlined by large costal patch; often difficult to observe.

Hindwing: dark greyish; with brown terminal line and indistinct discal spot; without medial line.

Male genitalia. Tegumen: narrow, considerable narrower than vinculum and saccus (apo).

Vinculum: strongly built.

Saccus: short; strongly built, broadly U shaped.

Fultura superior: membranous.

Valva: asymmetrical.

Ampulla: more or less forming a cross with axis of valva; elongated and narrow (apo.) (shorter by T. ostium   ); convex by valva; distal edge concave; some species distally with short, stout spines, and with differently shaped inner and outer edges.

Digitus: usually absent; present in one species group.

Juxta and anellus plate: totally fused, with hole for phallus; slightly asymmetrical.

Phallus: long; coiled clockwise, tapered towards apex; coecum upturned only in type-species); with humps subbasally; almost straight until strong coil subterminally in a few species; subapically with a prominent, long spine, also in a few species; some species with a shorter straight cylinder; and some with less prom-

Female genitalia. Ovipositor: quadrangular with rounded corners.

Anterior apophyses: longer than posterior apophyses (apo.).

Ostium: displaced to left.

Antrum: cylindrical; short; narrow; heavily sclerotised (apo.).

Ductus bursae: membranous, long, narrow; slightly coiled.

Appendix bursae: arising anteriorly from ductus bursae, immediately posterior to antrum.

Corpus bursae: globular.

Signum: cross shaped.

Differential diagnosis. Species of Tactusa   differ from those of Obscura   in elongated shape of ampulla; in anterior apophyses being shorter than ovipositor; and in short, narrow, cylindrical antrum.

Distribution. Genus occurs in tropical and subtropical areas of SE Asia and Oriental regions.