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Sabatinca heighwayi Philpott, 1927

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Sabatinca heighwayi Philpott, 1927a: 90
Type locality: New Zealand, Mount Arthur Tableland, Leslie Valley
Type: Holotype : New Zealand, Mount Arthur Tableland, Leslie Valley, November, leg. Heighway W.; coll. New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research (formerly DSIR), Auckland, New Zealand

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

     
Holotype : New Zealand, Mount Arthur Tableland, Leslie Valley, November, leg. Heighway W.; 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 1526012
Detailed view
     

Description of adults. Original description (Philpott 1927) based on the two type specimens: ". 13.5 mm. Head covered with dense long hair reaching beyond 1/2 of antennae, light tawny. Antennae bright brown, tips black. Thorax tawny, densely long-haired. Abdomen dark fuscous. Legs ochreous, tarsi banded with fuscous. Forewings long, costa strongly arched at base, apex round-pointed, termen very oblique; shining brassy; fasciae ivory-yellow with pink reflections; three equidistant complete curved fasciae between base and 1/2; at 3/4 a fascia interrupted below middle; between 1/2 and 3/4 a fascia indicated by marks on costa and dorsum; two fasciae near apex, broadly interrupted at middle; all fasciae are here and there margined with blackish; an obscure reddish shade commences in disc at third fascia and runs to apex; fringes pinkish-brown obscurely barred with pale yellow. Hindwings metallic violet, paler near base; fringes fuscous with some yellow at middle of termen."

Distribution:

S. heighwayi is known only from New Zealand.

Biology:

The type specimens have been taken in November.

Anatomy:

     
Scheme of genitalia      
Picture from: Philpott 1927b, modified
Detailed view
     

Diagnosis:

Following Philpott (1927), the species is structurally nearest to Sabatinca lucilia Clarke, 1920 and Sabatinca calliarcha Meyrick, 1912, R1 of the hindwing being complete.

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Philpott, A. 1927a. Notes and Descriptions of New Zealand Lepidoptera. Transactions and proceedings of the New Zealand Institute: 80 - 90.
Philpott, A. 1927b. Notes on the female genitalia in the Micropterygoidea. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 75: 319-323, pl. XXVII.

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2010.03.03
Kurz Michael: 2010.04.06
Kurz Michael: 2012.11.11
not reviewed

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