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Sabatinca passalota Meyrick, 1923

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Sabatinca passalota Meyrick, 1923: 169
Type locality: New Zealand, Bold Peak, Lake Wakatipu, 3000 ft.
Type: Holotype : New Zealand, Bold Peak, Lake Wakatipu, 3000 ft., January, leg. Hudson; coll. BMNH

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


HOLOTYPE : New Zealand, Bold Peak, Lake Wakatipu, 3000 ft., January, leg. Hudson, coll. BMNH      
Picture from: © Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd, CD disk L01; image number 1526017
Detailed view

Description of adults. Original description (Meyrick 1923) based on the holotype only: ". 10 mm. Head and thorax golden-ochreous. Antennae dark fuscous, base ochreous. Abdomen dark fuscous. Forewings ovate-lanceolate, pointed nearly from middle; pale shining ochreous mostly suffused with coppery-golden; dark purple-grey elongate dots in disc at 2/5 and middle, and a small elongate spot beneath and partly anterior to first; an almost marginal series of large dark purple-grey dots round posterior 2/3 of costa and termen to an elongate mark on dorsum before middle of wing; some irregular whitish marginal spots adjoining these, a larger transverse one from costa at 3/5: cilia pale golden-ochreous. Hindwings dark purple-grey; cilia pale ochreous tinged with grey towards base, on dorsum purplish-grey."


S. passalota is known only from New Zealand.


The type specimen has been caught in January amongst moss (Meyrick 1923).

Worth knowing:


Meyrick, E. 1923. Descriptions of New Zealand Lepidoptera. Transactions and proceedings of the New Zealand Institute: 162 - 169.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2010.02.22
Kurz Michael: 2012.11.11
not reviewed