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Micropterix turkmeniella Kuznetsov, 1960

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Micropteryx turkmeniella Kuznetsov, 1960: 17
Type locality: Turkmenistan, Kara-Kala region, Ai-dere village
Type: Holotype : Turkmenistan, Kara-Kala region, Ai-dere village, in coll. Zool. Inst. Acad. Sci., St. Petersburg

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
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Habit:

Description of adults: Examined: Description by Ivinskis (1989). Forewing length: appr. 3.5 mm. Vestiture of hair-like scales on the head yellow; thorax probably bronzy golden (shining black following Ivinskis 1989), tegulae shining violet; forewing golden with deep purple markings: Base of wing and basal patch at costa; a very broad fascia at 1/3, reaching across the whole wing width, even broader at inner margin; a moderately broad postmedian fascia across the whole wing width, gradually turning golden towards apex; fringe bronzy golden; hindwing grey, bronzy golden shining; fringe bronzy golden.

Distribution:

Besides the type locality in Turkmenistan, the species has recently been found also in northern Iran, at a height of 1300 m a.s.l. (Kurz & Kurz 2012).

Biology:

Ivinskis (1989) found the species at the shore of the river Aiderinka, where the animals came to a mercury-vapour lamp at night. The animals are on the wing from early May (Ivinskis 1989) till mid June (Kurz & Kurz 2012).

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.

Anatomy:

     
-genitalia      
Picture from: Ivinskis 1989 (modified)
Detailed view
     

genitalia. Uncus short and very broad, fused with tegumen; accessory claspers very wide rectangular, at distal margin with seven moderately long and stout, apically hooked setae; valves moderately long and slender, constricted medially, at distal end with 2-3 rows of short spinoid setae.

genitalia. Not investigated.

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Ivinskis, P. P. 1989. Redescription of Micropterix turkmeniella V. KUZNETSOV, 1960 (Lepidoptera: Micropterigidae). Phegea 17 (3): 105-106.
Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 20002012. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. URL: http://www.nkis.info [online 22 August 2012].
Kuznetsov, V. I. 1960. On the Fauna and Biology of Lepidoptera of the Western Kopet-Dagh. Trudy Zoologicheskogo Instituta Akademii Nauk SSSR, Leningrad 27: 17.

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2012.08.22
Kurz Michael: 2019.09.23
not reviewed

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