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Auliepterix mirabilis Kozlov, 1989

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Auliepterix mirabilis Kozlov, 1989: 37
Type locality: Kazakhstan, Chimkent Oblast, Chayan district, Aulye near Mikhaylovka, Karabastau series; Upper Jurassic (Oxfordian-Kimmeridgian)
Type: Holotype [? sex uncertain]: Kazakhstan, Chimkent Oblast, Chayan district, Aulye near Mikhaylovka, Karabastau series; Upper Jurassic (Oxfordian-Kimmeridgian); direct and reverse impressions; in coll. Paleontological Institute USSR Academy of Sciences (PIN), no. 2997/858, 891

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

     
Drawing of holotype      
Picture from: © Kozlov 1989, modified
Detailed view
     

Description of adults: Examined: Drawing of holotype ( ?) by Kozlov (1989): Forewing lenght: ? 3.4 mm. The impression is poorly preserved, veins, especially in the hindwings, are very indistinct; head probably deformed; in the neck two roundish structures, interpreted by Kozlov (1989) as ocelli [?]; antennae ( ?) 2/5 of forewing length; in forewings, Sc forked, Sc2 reaching the costal margin at about 2/5 of the forewing length, all other veins free from the cell; R5 slightly postapical, M2 or M 3 missing (interpretation by Kozlov, 1989); in the present interpretation R2 or R3 missing (not visible ?), R5 distinctly preapical like in Auliepterix minima Kozlov, 1989; venation of hindwing not preserved; spurs on hindlegs not visible; abdomen with a small, roundish structure at the distal tip, which is interpreted as the male tegumen by Kozlov (1989).

Distribution:

The species is known from the type specimen only, which has been found in the Karabastau series in Kazakhstan.

Biology:

Nothing is known about the biology of A. mirabilis.

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.

Anatomy:

genitalia. Although the sex of the moth cannot be determined reliably, a sclerite close to the tip of the abdomen has been interpreted as the tegumen by Kozlov (1989).

Diagnosis:

   
A. mirabilis, drawing of holotype A. minima, drawing of holotype    
Picture from: © Kozlov 1989, modified
Detailed view
Picture from: © Kozlov 1989, modified
Detailed view
   

The species differs from Auliepterix minima Kozlov, 1989 mainly in the size, the forewing length being nearly twice as much as in that species (3.4 compared to 1.9 mm).

Phylogeny: Since no apomorphy for the genus Auliepterix Kozlov, 1989 has been identified, the relationship between A. mirabilis and A. minima is speculative only, as is the assignment of both species to the Micropterigidae.

Worth knowing:

The age of the fossil has been estimated to be between 161.2 - 150.8 Ma.

Sources:

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.]

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2010.04.08
Kurz Michael: 2010.05.14
Kurz Marion: 2010.05.25
Kurz Michael: 2010.05.26
Document reviewed by:
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Document released by:
Kurz Michael: 2010.06.14

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