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Sabatinca barbarica Philpott, 1918

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Sabatinca barbarica Philpott, 1918: 132
Type locality: New Zealand, Invercargill, Seaward Bush
Type: Holotype : New Zealand, Invercargill, Seaward Bush, leg. Philpott; in coll. New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research (formerly DSIR), Auckland, New Zealand

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Following Philpott (1923b), S. barbarica is just a synonym of Sabatinca caustica Meyrick, 1912


HOLOTYPE : New Zealand, Southland, Invercargill, leg. Philpott; in 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 1526006
Detailed view

Description of adults. Original description (Philpott 1918) based on 8 : ". 10-11 mm. Head rather bright ochreous. Antennae pale ochreous, apical portion black. Thorax ochreous. Abdomen dark greyish-fuscous. Legs ochreous, tarsi annulated with black. Forewings ovate-lanceolate, costa moderately arched, apex acute, termen extremely oblique; pale ochreous; a bright coppery suffusion along dorsum often segregated into one or more spots; base of costa obscurely darker; an interrupted irregular coppery fascia from costa near base to tornus, sometimes including an almost black spot at middle; sometimes one or more coppery spots on costa at 1/2; three coppery (sometimes blackish) spots on costa at apex, from which an irregular coppery fascia runs towards dorsum, connecting with first fascia above tornus; sometimes a blackish dot on termen at middle; cilia pale ochreous."


The species is restricted to New Zealand.


The type series has been taken amongst low herbage in the forest in December and January (Philpott 1918).


Scheme of genitalia      
Picture from: Philpott 1924, modified
Detailed view


Near Sabatinca caustica Meyrick, 1912 but larger and more vividly marked (Philpott 1918).

Worth knowing:


Philpott, A. 1918. Descriptions of New Species of Lepidoptera. Transactions and proceedings of the New Zealand Institute: 125 - 132.
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, 1923(3-4): 347-366.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2010.02.05
Kurz Michael: 2010.02.08
Kurz Michael: 2010.03.03
Kurz Michael: 2010.04.06
Kurz Michael: 2012.11.11
not reviewed