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Sabatinca aurantiaca Philpott, 1924

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Sabatinca aurantiaca Philpott, 1924: 668-669
Type locality: New Zealand, Nelson, Dun Mountain
Type: Holotype : New zealand, Nelson, Dun Mountain, leg. Philpott; coll. New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research (formerly DSIR), Auckland, New Zealand

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

     
HOLOTYPE : New zealand, Nelson, Dun Mountain, 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 1526004
Detailed view
     

Description of adults. Original description (Philpott 1924) based on the type series: ". 10 1/2-12 1/2 mm. Head, thorax and palpi ochreous. Antennae fuscous, basal 1/5 (in basal 1/3) ochreous. Abdomen greyish-fuscous. Legs ochreous, tarsi annulated with fuscous. Forewings ovate-lanceolate, costa strongly arched basally, thence straight, apex acute, termen very oblique, slightly sinuate; reddish-ochreous; a silvery-white irregular fascia from costa at 1/2, sometimes reaching across wing; a similar fascia at 3/4, expanding into a blotch on costa; two silvery-white spots on costa between 3/4 and apex; five or six interrupted blackish fasciae between 1/2 and apex, forming prominent spots on costa, termen and dorsum: fringes reddish-ochreous. Hindwings fuscous-violet: fringes fuscous, mixed with ochreous round apex."

Distribution:

The species is known only from New Zealand. Following Philpott (1924), specimens have been taken between about 300 and 850 m a.s.l. (1000 to 2500 ft.).

Biology:

Philpott (1924) has collected the species in woodland in November and December.

Anatomy:

   
Scheme of genitalia (uncus and valve) Scheme of genitalia    
Picture from: Philpott 1924, modified
Detailed view
Picture from: Philpott 1927, modified
Detailed view
   

Diagnosis:

Externally, S. aurantiaca can be separated from both Sabatinca chrysargyra Meyrick, 1885 and Sabatinca aemula Philpott 1924 by the dark apical strigae and the general darker colouring (Philpott, 1924). In the male genitalia, the uncus is broadly rounded in dorso-ventral view (pointed to a tip in S. aemula), the valve is elongated like in that species (distinctly shorter and less slender in S. chrysargyra).

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Philpott, A. 1924a. Notes and Descriptions of New Zealand Lepidoptera. Transactions and proceedings of the New Zealand Institute: 663 - 669.
Philpott, A. 1927. Notes on the female genitalia in the Micropterygoidea. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 75: 319-323, pl. XXVII.

Publication data:

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

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