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Auliepterix Kozlov, 1989

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Auliepterix Kozlov, 1989: 36-37
Type: Auliepterix mirabilis Kozlov, 1989: By original designation

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


A. mirabilis: Drawing of holotype A. minima: Drawing of holotype    
Picture from: © Kozlov 1989, modified
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Picture from: © Kozlov 1989, modified
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Description of adults: Original description from Kozlov, 1989: "Antennae filiform, short, 2/5 length of forewing. Pronotum, apparently, typical of Micropterigidae. Mesonotum with median suture, mesoscutellum half length of mesonotum. Wings elliptical, tips rounded, and lying on midlines in both wings. Ratio of maximum width to length for forewing 0.31-0.36, for hind wing around 0.3. On forewings, Sc forked; Sc2 extending to costal margin of wing at point 2/5 length of wing from base. Radio-cubital cell narrow, 1/4 width of wing. R1 not forked, R5 fusing with costal margin of wing immediately before tip."


The genus is represented by two species in the Karabastau series of the Upper Jurassic of Kazakhstan (near Aulye) and in Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous rocks near Khotont Somon in the Mongolian Peoples Republic. The age of the fossils therefore ranges between about 140 - 160 million years.


Nothing is known about the biology of the described species.

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.


The preservation of the fossil remnants does neither allow a description of the male, nor of the female genitalia. It seems however, that in the female genitalia apophyses are absent.


Auliepterix mirabilis Kozlov, 1989: Drawing of holotype Wing venation of Micropterix tunbergella (Fabricius, 1787) Forewing venation of Sabatinca calliarcha Meyrick, 1912 Wing venation of Palaeosabatinca zherichini Kozlov, 1988
Picture from: © Kozlov 1989, modified
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Picture from: © Heath 1983, modified
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Picture from: Philpott 1923, modified
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Picture from: © Kozlov 1988, modified
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Holotype of Parasabatinca caldasae Martins Neto & Vulcano, 1989      
Picture from: Landesmuseum Oldenburg
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Following Kozlov (1989), Auliepterix differs from the extant Micropterix Hübner, 1825, the Cretaceous Parasabatinca Whalley, 1978 and also recent taxa of the Sabatinca-group in a reduced medial stalk and a narrow radio-cubital cell in the forewing. From the Cretaceous Palaeosabatinca Kozlov, 1988, the genus differs in the distinctly more proximal location of the point where Sc reaches the costal margin in the forewing.

Phylogeny: Unfortunately we do not know of any apomorphies that could assign Auliepterix with certainty to the Micropterigidae. Absence of apophyses in the female genitalia is maybe the best hint in that direction, whereas the other features stated by Kozlov (1989), i.e. the size of the pronotum and the wing shape, only separate the genus from the so-called Eolepidopterigidae. Reduction of the medial stalk and convergence of the radial and precubital trunk to form a narrow radio-cubital cell are not characteristic of extant primitive moths and may be regarded as an apomorphy of the two species joined in the genus Auliepterix.

Worth knowing:


Kozlov, M. V. 1989. New Upper Jurasic and Lower Cretaceous Lepidoptera (Papilionida). Palaeontological Journal 4: 34-39. [Translated from: Novyye cheshuyekrylyye (Papilionida) iz verkney yury i nizhnego mela. Palaeont. zhur., No. 4, pp. 37-42, 1989.]

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