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Micropterix purpureopennella Heath, 1986

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Micropterix purpureopennella Heath, 1986: 31-32, fig. 21, 22
Type locality: Algeria, Philippeville [=Skikda]
Type: Holotype : Algeria, Philippeville, 3.V.1904, Walsingham, 97825; genitalia preparation J. Heath no. 197; in coll. BMNH

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


Description of adults: Examined: Original description by Heath (1986). "Forewing length: 3.4-3.6 mm; unknown. Wing expanse: 7.1-7.6 mm; unknown. Head golden yellow, antenna golden fuscous. Thorax golden; tegulae purple. Forewing (Fig. 21) dark bronzy purple, a fascia at one-third very broad dorsally, a diagonal broad fascia at one-half narrower medially, and a large costal spot at three-quarters, golden yellow; cilia bronzy golden, apically whitish. Hindwing dark bronzy golden; cilia bronzy golden."


The species is only known from the type locality Philippeville (= skikda) in Algeria (Heath, 1986).


Nothing is known about the biology of M. purpureopennella.

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.


Picture from: © Heath 1986, modified
Detailed view

Genitalia. "Uncus short and slender completely fused with tegumen; accessory clasper long and slender with two very stout, bulbous setae at apex; a row of seven very long, stout, pointed marginal setae and a long diagonal inner row of short, stout setae; between uncus and accessory clasper a heavily sclerotized, pointed structure with one edge bearing a row of serrations. Clasper stout, spatulate, with a group of short, stout setae and a row of long, stout, pointed setae on inner surface of distal end and a large group of fairly long, stout, pointed, postbasal setae." (Heath 1986)

Worth knowing:


Heath, J. 1986. The Micropterigid fauna of north Africa (Lepidoptera, Zeugloptera). Entomologistīs Gazette 37:17-32, 126

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2010.11.16
Kurz Michael: 2012.07.13
Kurz Michael: 2019.09.04
not reviewed