Nephelomilta kanchenjunga 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: 411

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4472.3.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:DF1A207A-4FE1-4025-93BC-A3A3458AF37E

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5963794

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/D86C6B11-FFB9-656E-4680-FE95FF63FBC2

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Plazi

scientific name

Nephelomilta kanchenjunga Volynkin & Černý
status

sp. nov.

Nephelomilta kanchenjunga Volynkin & Černý   , sp. nov.

( Figs. 23, 24 View FIGURES 13–24 , 94 View FIGURES 93–95 )

Type material. Holotype ( Figs. 23 View FIGURES 13–24 , 94 View FIGURES 93–95 ): ♂, [NE India] “ Sikkim, Mt. Kanchenjunga SE, 2000 m, 22–31.VII.1995, 27°30’N 88°20’E, leg. E. Afonin & V. Siniaev ”, slide MWM 31642 View Materials Volynkin (Coll. MWM/ ZSM). GoogleMaps  

Paratypes: 12 ♂, same data as in the holotype, slide MWM 31653 View Materials Volynkin (Coll. MWM/ ZSM); 10 ♂, Sikkim, Mt. Kanchenjunga SE, 27°30’N 88°20’E, 2600 m, 9–10.VIII.1995, leg. E. Afonin & V. Sinjaev, ex coll. Schintlmeister, slide MWM 34449 View Materials Volynkin (Coll. MWM/ ZSM); 8 ♂, Sikkim, Pemayangtse, 22.VII.1995, 1900 m, leg. E. Afonin & V. Sinjaev, ex coll. Schintlmeister, slide MWM 34448 View Materials Volynkin (Coll. MWM/ ZSM).

Diagnosis. Length of forewing is 12.5– 13 mm in males. Nephelomilta kanchenjunga   sp. nov. is similar externally to the sympatric N. thomaswitti   sp. nov., and differs only in the slightly more strongly curved medial and postmedial lines, and the slightly smaller discal spots. A reliable identification is possible only by the genitalia structure: compared to those of N. thomaswitti   sp. nov., the male genitalia of N. kanchenjunga   sp. nov. have the uncus narrower basally, the apical processes of the juxta significantly shorter, the valve slightly narrower, the distal section of the costa without processes, the ampulla significantly smaller, the distal section of the sacculus narrower, without subapical process, and not reaching the distal section of the costa, the aedeagus is more slender, and the medial diverticulum of the vesica short and broad, without spinules, the character found only in the species of the N. suffusa   species-group; the reduction of spines is characteristic also for N. melli   sp. nov., but the medial diverticulum of N. melli   sp. nov. is long and narrow, as in many other species of Nephelomilta   .

The female is unknown.

Distribution. North-East India (Sikkim).

Etymology. The species name refers to its type locality, Mount Kanchenjunga, located on the Indian-Nepalese border.

ZSM

Bavarian State Collection of Zoology