Nephelomilta melli Volynkin & Černý, 2018

Volynkin, Anton V. & Černý, Karel, 2018, Revision of the genus Nephelomilta Hampson, 1900, with descriptions of twelve new species and two new subspecies (Lepidoptera, Erebidae, Arctiinae), Zootaxa 4472 (3), pp. 401-451 : 422

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Nephelomilta melli Volynkin & Černý

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Nephelomilta melli Volynkin & Černý   , sp. nov.

( Figs. 75–77 View FIGURES 71–83 , 117–119 View FIGURES 117–119 )

Type material. Holotype ( Figs. 75 View FIGURES 71–83 , 117 View FIGURES 117–119 ): ♂, “ China, Wuy Shan, Jiangxi-Fujian border, 50 km SE of Yingtan, 27°56’ N, 117°25’ E, 1600 m, III.2002, leg. Siniaev & local coll.”, slide MWM 31677 View Materials Volynkin (Coll. MWM/ ZSM). GoogleMaps  

Paratypes: 3 ♂, same data as in the holotype, slide MWM 31738 View Materials Volynkin (Coll. MWM/ ZSM); 1 ♂, China, Sichuan, Emei Shan, 600–700 m, 18–21.VIII.1984, coll. Nr. 204, leg. Görgner, slide MWM 31678 View Materials Volynkin (Coll. MWM/ ZSM); 1 ♂, China, ex coll. R. Mell / Te [Anhui, Quianshan Mts. ], 24.VIII. / Ch. effracta Wlkr.   , slide AV4231 ♂ (Coll. ZMB); 1 ♂, China, ex coll. R. Mell / Lp [ Guandong , Lienping ], 10.IX. [19]20, slide AV4232 ♂ (Coll. ZMB).  

Diagnosis. The species significantly varies in size: the length of forewing is 9–11.5 mm in males. The apical costal lobe and the ampulla are also variable in size, but we have no enough material to make any decision concerning the value of these differences. N. melli   sp. nov. is a closest relative of N. hortensis   sp. nov., and can be reliably distinguished from it only by the genitalia structure. The male genitalia of N. melli   sp. nov. differ from those of N. hortensis   sp. nov. in the larger apical costal lobe, the larger and more heavily sclerotized carinal plate of the aedeagus with the significantly larger thorn, and the significantly shorter and narrower medial diverticulum of the vesica without spines on its tip.

The female is unknown.

Distribution. South and South-East China (Anhui, Jiangxi, Fujian, Guandong and Sichuan Provinces).

Etymology. The species name is dedicated to Rudolf E. Mell ( Germany), a researcher of Chinese insects and a collector of the part of the type series.


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