Clarior kitchingi Fibiger

FIBIGER, MICHAEL, 2010, Revision of the Micronoctuidae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea) Part 3, Taxonomy of the Tactusinae, Zootaxa 2583 (1), pp. 1-119: 67

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Clarior kitchingi Fibiger

new species

Clarior kitchingi Fibiger   , new species

( Plate 8, figure 3; male genit. plate 17, figure 5)

Material examined. Holotype: male, N Thailand, Doi Phu Kha Nat. Park , Nan, km 35.4, 28.vii.1990, leg. I.J. Kitching & A.M. Cotton, BM 1992 - 19, genit. prep. 3204 M. Fibiger, coll. BMNH.  

Diagnosis. Imago (external). Wingspan: 10.5 mm.

Head, patagia, anterior part of tegulae, prothorax, basal part of costa, costal part of medial area, and outer half of fringes: black, costal medial area quadrangular.

Forewing: long; narrow, pointed at apex; ground colour white yellow, suffused with light brown scales; with black tornal patch (apo.).

Crosslines: indistinct, light brown.

Terminal line: indistinct, indicated by black, interneural dots.

Reniform stigma: white, outlined by light brown.

Hindwing: grey, without discal spot.

Underside: forewing light brown, hindwing light grey.

Male genitalia. Tegumen: relatively narrow throughout.

Vinculum and saccus: inconspicuous.

Saccus: short, broadly V shaped.

Fultura superior: large; platelike; extending across diaphragm, and beyond in small free processes (apo.).

Valvae: relatively narrow; slightly asymmetrical; apically-medial on valva with inwardly-directed spikelike process (apo.).

Clasper: barlike, along valva margins.

Ampulla: slightly asymmetrical, semilunar-shaped, small hump present inside on ventral arms (apo.).

Juxta-anellus plate: almost quadrangular, hole for phallus positioned dorsally.

Phallus: long, narrow, and curved ventrally; broadest by ductus ejaculatorius (apo.).

Vesica: long, cylindrical, unarmed (everted in preparation).

Differential diagnosis. C. kitchingi   differs from other Obscurini   species in:

- white-yellow ground colour throughout;

- with tornal patch;

- white reniform stigma;

male genitalia, in

- fultura superior plate, dorso-laterally with small, free processes;

- small hump on ampulla;

- spikelike processes apically on valva;

- ventrally curved phallus.

Distribution. C. kitchingi   is known only from N Thailand.