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Micropterix constantinella Heath, 1986

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Micropterix constantinella Heath, 1986: 26-27, fig. 14
Type locality: Algeria, Constantine
Type: Holotype : Algeria, Constantine, 5.V.1904, Walsingham, 97876; genitalia preparation JFGC 7081; in coll. BMNH

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


Description of adults: Examined: Original description by Heath (1986). Forewing length: 2.7 - 3.4 mm, 3.0 - 3.7 mm. "Head pale golden, antenna golden fuscous.Thorax golden, tegulae golden. Forewing dark golden without markings; cilia golden. Hindwing bronzy golden. Abdomen golden."


Following Heath (1986), the species is only known from Algeria, where it has been found near Constantine and Phlippeville (= Skikda).


Nothing is known about the biology of M. constantinella.

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.


Picture from: © Heath 1986, modified
Detailed view

Genitalia. "Uncus long and slender, club-shaped; accessory clasper with a continuous row of very long, hooked setae on distal edge and a similar row of setae on an inner ridge. Clasper spatulate with long rows of moderately short, stout setae on inner surface of distal end and three long, postbasal setae on inner surface." (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: 2018.05.16
not reviewed