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Micropterix lakoniensis Heath, 1985

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Micropterix lakoniensis Heath, 1985: 336 - 338, fig. 1, 2
Type locality: Greece, Peloponnesos, Lakonia, 7 km SW Monemvasia
Type: Holotype : Hellas, Lakonia, 7 km SW Monemvasia [UTM grid ref. 34S FF75], 9.IV.1981, leg. B. Skule; genitalia preparation J. Heath No. 464; in coll. UZM Copenhagen

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

   
: Greece, Peloponnesos, near Monemvasia, 2005.05.06, leg. et coll. Christof Zeller : Greece, Peloponnesos, near Monemvasia, 2005.05.06, leg. et coll. Christof Zeller    
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Scheme of wing pattern:

Description of adults: Examined: 1 , 1 . Forewing length: 3.3 mm, 3.7 mm. Head black, vestiture of hair-like scales on the head dirty to rusty yellow; antennae 4/5 (), respectively, 1/2 () of forewing length; thorax bright to bronzy golden, tegulae purple; forewings purple with golden to bronzy golden, broadly bronzy golden bordered markings: inner margin broad bronzy golden, not quite reaching to 1/2; apex purple with diffuse brighter tinge near costa; at 1/4 a broad, diffuse transverse fascia, widening and reaching the bronzy golden inner margin; a broad transverse fascia at 1/2, sometimes slightly bent inwards; a broad fascia at 3/4, bent inwards, not reaching or only slightly touching the outer margin, its posterior part diffuse, dark bronzy golden to coppery and sometimes connected to the fascia at 1/2; fringe bronzy golden, purple to dark grey at its base; hindwing dark bronzy golden; fringe bronzy golden, dark grey at its base; legs brownish golden; abdomen brown, golden shining.

Distribution:

To present knowledge, the species is known from the southern Peloponnesos peninsula only (Karsholt 2004, Kurz & Kurz 2010). Here it occurs eastwards of the Taygetos mountains. The vertical distribution is presently known to reach from 200 m to 600 m a.s.l. (Kurz & Kurz 2010).

Biology:

There aren´t any data available about the biology of M. lakoniensis. Imagines have been found in May.

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.

Anatomy:

-genitalia, prep.-no. 884, M. Kurz: Greece, Peloponnesos, near Monemvasia, 2005.05.06, leg. Zeller & Embacher, coll. Christof Zeller -genitalia, preparation in caustic potash, prep.-no. 942, M. Kurz: Greece, Peloponnesos, near Monemvasia, 2005.05.06, leg. Zeller & Embacher, coll. Michael Kurz -genitalia, prep.-no. 942, M. Kurz: Greece, Peloponnesos, near Monemvasia, 2005.05.06, leg. Zeller & Embacher, coll. Michael Kurz -genitalia, receptaculum seminis in higher magnification, prep.-no. 942, M. Kurz: Greece, Peloponnesos, near Monemvasia, 2005.05.06, leg. Zeller & Embacher, coll. Michael Kurz
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Genitalia. Uncus short, knob-like; tegumen elongated, bow-like bent distalwards; at the posterior margin of the tegumen, close to the onset of the uncus, two short rows of fine, spinoid setae; inside the tegumen a bilobed, comb-like structure, projecting distalwards, with ventrally directed, 11 - 13 relatively long teeth; accessory claspers elongated triangle-shaped, distally tapering to one point, which bears a group of about 5 short, modified, stout and thickened setae; this group is prolonged along the ventral margin by a row of relatively long, partly bent, stout and thickened setae and slightly dorsally a second row of about 7 short, T- to Y-shaped, stout and thickened setae of extreme width; basally of the ventral row of setae, close to the onset of the accessory claspers, a small projection bearing two moderately long, stout and thickened, straight setae with hooked ends, as well as a conspiciously broad, blade-like, stout and thickened seta; the small projection is followed proximally by a prominent, spatulate lobe; valves relatively long and slender, slightly bent upwards in an irregular bow and slightly constricted medially; postbasally a small group of short setae; the distal 2/3 of the length with 1 - 2 rows of short, spinoid setae, as well as a row of long, fine setae.

Genitalia. Tergite IX missing; sternite IX reduced, distinctly sclerotized, but not diagnostic; papillae anales (segment X) with band-like sclerotization; receptaculum seminis short, slender, distinctly striated.

Diagnosis:

M. lakoniensis : Greece, Peloponnesos, near Monemvasia, 2005.05.06, leg. et coll. Christof Zeller M. kardamylensis : Greece, Peloponnesos, near Kalamata, 2005.05.02, leg. Zeller & Embacher, coll. Christof Zeller M. sp. (Crete) PARATYPE: Greece, Crete, Neapolis, 1984.05.01, leg. Klimesch, coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayrischen Staates, Munich M. lakoniensis -genitalia, prep.-no. 884, M. Kurz: Greece, Peloponnesos, near Monemvasia, 2005.05.06, leg. Zeller & Embacher, coll. Christof Zeller
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M. kardamylensis -genitalia, prep.-no. 883, M. Kurz: Greece, Peloponnesos, near Kalamata, 2005.05.02, leg. Zeller & Embacher, coll. Christof Zeller M. sp. (Crete) -genitalia, prep.-no. 885, M. Kurz, PARATYPE: Greece, Crete, Neapolis, 1984.04.25, leg. J. Klimesch, coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayrischen Staates, Munich M. lakoniensis -genitalia, prep.-no. 942, M. Kurz: Greece, Peloponnesos, near Monemvasia, 2005.05.06, leg. Zeller & Embacher, coll. Michael Kurz M. kardamylensis -genitalia, prep.-no. 941, M. Kurz: Greece, Peloponnesos, between Kalamata and Kambos, 2005.05.03, leg. Zeller & Embacher, coll. Christof Zeller
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M. sp. (Crete) -genitalia, prep.-no. 943, M. Kurz: Greece, Crete, Neapolis, 1984.05.03, leg. J. Klimesch, coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayrischen Staates, Munich      
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There are no other externally smilar species within the distribution range of M. lakoniensis.
The structure of the male genitalia implicates a close relationship to Micropterix kardamylensis Rebel, 1903 and Micropterix sp. from Crete, respectively. Whereas the latter is distinguished also by the small size of the whole apparatus, both differ primarily by the row of setae on the valves, which reaches basalwards to the middle in M. kardamylensis and M. sp. from Crete, but reaches basalwards 2/3 of the length in M. lakoniensis. Another distinguishing feature is the shape of the accessory claspers, which is triangle-shaped in M. kardamylensis, but distinctly more elongated in M. lakoniensis. In the female genitalia, M. lakoniensis is indistinguishable from M. kardamylensis, whereas in the species from Crete, all parts are distinctly smaller and less well sclerotized.

Phylogeny: See discussion under Micropterix kardamylensis Rebel, 1903.

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Heath, J. 1985. New species of Micropterix Hübner (Lepidoptera, Zeugloptera: Micropterigidae) from Greece and Cyprus; Nota lepidopterologica 8 (4): 336 - 340
Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2000–2010. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. – URL: http://www.nkis.info [visited on January 19, 2010].

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Marion: 2009.04.16
Kurz Marion: 2009.04.17
Kurz Michael: 2009.04.28
Kurz Michael: 2009.04.30
Zeller Christof: 2009.09.08
Kurz Michael: 2010.01.19
Kurz Michael: 2010.09.10
Kurz Michael: 2011.01.09
Kurz Michael: 2011.03.15
Kurz Michael: 2011.04.12
Kurz Michael: 2011.11.28
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Document released by:
Kurz Michael: 2011.11.28

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