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Tinea antiqua Presl, 1822

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Tinea antiqua Presl, 1822: 199-200
Type locality: None given
Type: in coll. National Museum (Prague), Natural History

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


Description of adults: Original description (Latin with English translation):
Corpus 2 lineas longum.
Body length 2 lines [4.5 mm]

Caput parvum, pilis flavescentibus obtectum; antennae setaceae, evidenter ex articulis compositae, corpore longiores; lingua fere 1 1/1 lineae longa, prominens, parum curvata.
Head sparsely scaled with yellowish hair-like scales; antennae setaceous, obviously composed of segments, of body length; proboscis nearly 1 1/2 lines [3.3 mm] long, prominent, only slightly curved.

Thorax flavescens; tergum sicuti caput pilis flavescentibus pilosum.
Thorax yellowish; back, like head, with yellowish hair-like scales.

Abdomen, cujus pars inferior tantum oculo se praebet, est lutescens in fuscum vergens; secundum observationem severam glabrum.
Abdomen, whose complete lower part is visible, yellow, fading into brown; also with scrutiny, devoid of any scales.

Alae planae: anticae trunco duplo longiores, posticae fere quarta parte anticis breviores; ambae duae flavescenties uti corpus totum, oblonge triangularis, margine exteriori rotundatae, venosae, anticae pellucidae, posticae obsucriores.
Wings even; forewings long from a double stem, hindwings about 1/4 of forewing length shorter; both [wings] yellowish like the whole body, elongate triangular, outer margin rounded, with visible veins, forewings translucent, hindwings darkened.

Pedes longi, teneri, flavi: tibiae apice inferiore aculeo terminatae; tarsi teneri.
Legs long, delicate, yellow: lower apex of tibiae terminated by a spike; tarsi delicate.

Forsan spectat ad genus Lithosia, sed caput est pilosum, nec brevibus quamis tectum. Forsan Tinea, sed lingua longa.
Maybe, [the species] can be assigned to Lithosia, but the head is hairy and not covered with short scales. Maybe, it is a Tinea, but the proboscis is long.


The species has been described from Baltic amber, but without stating an exact locality.


Computer model of a baltic amber forest      
Picture from: Kurz Marion
Detailed view

Tinea antiqua is a member of the amber wood biocoenosis. Further details of its biological demands are unknown.


From the original description, the identity of Tinea antiqua cannot be elucidated. Even its assignment to Tinea Linné, 1758 or to the family Tineidae is more than questionable. To present knowledge, the type specimen has never again been reinvestigated, nor do we know of any other taxonomical publications dealing with that taxon.

Worth knowing:


Presl, J.S. 1822. Deliciae pragensis: historiam naturalem spectantes. Additamenta ad Faunam Protogaeam, sistens descriptiones aliqout animalium in succino inclusorum. 191-210.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2010.07.23
Kurz Michael: 2014.11.21
Kurz Michael: 2014.11.24
Document reviewed by:
not reviewed: 2014.11.25
Document released by:
Kurz Michael: 2015.10.19