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Sabatinca rosicoma Meyrick, 1914

(zoological nomenclature: synonym, available)

General information:

Sabatinca rosicoma Meyrick, 1914: 118
Type locality: New Zealand, Kaeo
Type: Holotype : New Zealand, Kaeo, January, leg. Hudson; in coll. BMNH

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Following Philpott (1923b), S. rosicoma is probably only a synonym of Sabatinca zonodoxa Meyrick, 1888.


Scheme of wing venation (forewing) Scheme of wing venation (hindwing) LECTOTYPE : New Zealand, Northland, Kaeo, leg. Hudson G.V., in coll. BMNH  
Picture from: Philpott 1923b, modified
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Picture from: Philpott 1923b, modified
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Picture from: © Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd, CD disk L01; image number 1526019
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Description of adults. Original description (Meyrick, 1914) based on 1 , 3 : ". 7 mm. Head whitish-ochreous suffused with purplish-rosy. Papli [sic!] ochreous-whitish. Antennae ochreous-whitish, in greyish suffused, in with dark fuscous bands above and below middle. Thorax deep purple, anterior margin golden. Abdomen dark fuscous. Forewings ovate-lanceolate; deep purple, with coppery-bronze reflections; base narrowly whitish; a subtriangular whitish blotch on dorsum in middle of wing, its apex subtruncate, reaching half across wing; in whitish dots on costa before middle and at 3/4; cilia grey, at apex with a whitish spot. Hindwings dark purple-fuscous; cilia dark fuscous."


The species is known only from New Zealand.


The type series has been caught in January (Meyrick 1914).

Worth knowing:


Meyrick, E. 1914. Descriptions of New Zealand Lepidoptera. Transactions and proceedings of the New Zealand Institute: 101 - 118.
Philpott, A. 1923b. A Study of the Venation of the New Zealand Species of Micropterygidae. Transactions and proceedings of the New Zealand Institute: 155-161.
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: 2010.02.02
Kurz Michael: 2010.02.08
Kurz Michael: 2010.03.03
Kurz Michael: 2010.04.08
Kurz Michael: 2012.11.11
not reviewed