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Sabatinca aemula Philpott, 1924

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Sabatinca aemula Philpott, 1924a: 667-668
Type locality: New Zealand, Cobb Valley
Type: Holotype : New Zealand, Cobb Valley, December, leg. Philpott; coll. New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research (formerly DSIR), Auckland, New Zealand

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


HOLOTYPE : New Zealand, Cobb Valley, December, leg. Philpott; coll. New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research (formerly DSIR), Auckland, New Zealand      
Picture from: © Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd, CD disk L01; image number 1526001
Detailed view

Description of adults. Original description (Philpott 1924a) based on the type series: ". 11-12 mm. Head and thorax reddish-ochreous. Palpi ochreous. Antennae dark fuscous, basal fifth (in basal third) ochreous. Abdomen greyish-fuscous. Legs ochreous, last tarsal segments fuscous. Forewings ovate-lanceolate, costa strongly arched basally, apex acute, termen very oblique, slightly sinuate; shining ochreous, darker on apical half and above dorsum at base; a silvery-white fascia from costa at midle; irregular and variable in shape, sometimes spot-like, sometimes reaching middle of wing where it touches an irregular black spot; a similar but usually broader fascia at 3/4, also connecting with a black (generally transverse) spot; sometimes a silvery-white dot or dots between second fascia and apex; a series of silvery-white spots round termen: fringes reddish-ochreous with a very obscure dark basal line. Hindwings fuscous-violet: fringes, fuscous on basal half of dorsum, ochreous with a fuscous basal line on remainder of wing."


The species is known only from New Zealand. At Mount Arthur tableland, the species has been found in a height of about 4000 ft. (about 1300 m).


The type series has been caught in December among rough herbage and undergrowth at a damp spot on the edge of the forest (Philpott 1924a).


Scheme of genitalia (uncus and valve)      
Picture from: Philpott 1924, modified
Detailed view


S. aemula is superficially very similar to Sabatinca chrysargyra Meyrick, 1885 and Sabatinca aurantiaca Philpott 1924. it is somewhat larger than both other species, with less witish suffusion (Philpott 1924). In the male genitalia, the uncus is tapering to one point in dorso-ventral view, whereas in S. chrysargyra and S. aurantiaca it is distinctly broader at the tip. The valva of S. aemula is distinctly more elongated and constricted in the middle than of S. chrysargyra, its apex tapering upwards to a better pronounced tip than in S. aurantiaca.

Worth knowing:


Philpott, A. 1924a. Notes and Descriptions of New Zealand Lepidoptera. Transactions and proceedings of the New Zealand Institute: 663 - 669.
Philpott, A. 1924b. The genitalia in Sabatinca and allied genera (Lepidoptera Homoneura), with some observations on the same structures in the Mecoptera. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1924(3-4): 347-366.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2010.02.22
Kurz Michael: 2010.04.06
Kurz Michael: 2012.11.11
not reviewed