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Micropterix species (Montenegro) in litt.

(zoological nomenclature: nomen nudum, not available)

General information:

Type locality: Montenegro, Gusinje, Vusanje, 1050 m
Type: Holotype : Montenegro, Gusinje, Vusanje, 1050 m, 2012.05.30, leg. et coll. Christof Zeller

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

Scheme of wing pattern:

Description of adults: Examined: 4 , 21 . Forewing length: 3.5-4.0 mm, 4.0-4.5 mm. Head black-brown, vestiture of hair-like scales on the head light yellow to yellow; antennae 3/4 (), respectively, 2/3 () of forewing length, dark brown with golden shimmer; thorax golden to bronzy golden, tegulae reddish golden to purple; forewings golden to bronzy golden with reddish golden to blueish-violet markings: Base of costa; at 1/3 a moderately broad fascia from costa across more than half of wing width, narrower at costa, broadening towards center of wing; at 2/3 a somewhat broader fascia across the whole wing width, very broad at costa, narrower towards tornus, its outer margin inwardly emarginated in the middle, at costa interrupted by a small golden spot, thus forming a Y-like appearance; often, this spot connected with golden ground colour, thus interrupting the right arm of the "Y" und reducing it to a small purple spot at costa; close to apex a moderately broad, inwardly oblique fascia across 2/3 of the wing width, sometimes nearly quadrangulate, but mostly more irregular; fringe golden, purple at basis; hindwings bronzy golden with intensive violet shimmer, especially towards apex; fringe bronzy golden, lighter outwards; abdomen dark brown, bronzy golden shining.

Distribution:

The species is known so far only from the type locality in Montenegro, close to the Albanian border.

Biology:

 
Biotope: Montenegro, Gusinje, Vusanje, 1200 m, 2012.05.31 Montenegro, Gusinje, Vusanje, 1050 m, 2012.05.30 Montenegro, Gusinje, Vusanje, 1200 m, 2012.05.31  
Picture from: © Zeller Christof
Detailed view
Picture from: © Zeller Christof
Detailed view
Picture from: © Zeller Christof
Detailed view
 

The species has been found in numbers together with Micropterix tunbergella (Fabricius, 1787) at wood edges and outskirts, feeding on blossoms of Cornus sp. and probably Ostrya carpinifolia.

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.

Anatomy:

-genitalia, prep.-no. 986, M. Kurz: Montenegro, Gusinje, Vusanje, 1050 m, 2012.05.30, leg. et coll. Christof Zeller -genitalia, preparation in caustic potash, prep.-no. 1060, M. Kurz: Montenegro, Gusinje, Vusanje, 1050 m, 2012.05.31, leg. et coll. Christof Zeller -genitalia, permanent preparation, prep.-no. 1060, M. Kurz: Montenegro, Gusinje, Vusanje, 1050 m, 2012.05.31, leg. et coll. Christof Zeller -genitalia, receptaculum seminis in higher magnification, prep.-no. 1060, M. Kurz: Montenegro, Gusinje, Vusanje, 1050 m, 2012.05.31, leg. et coll. Christof Zeller
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Genitalia. Tergite IX missing; sternite IX reduced, with somewhat indistinct lateral margins; segment X with two band-like platelets, medially broadened; receptaculum seminis very short, bulky, proximal 2/3 bag-like inflated.

Diagnosis:

Externally, the species closely resembles Micropterix kardamylensis Rebel, 1903, but differs by its more blueish ground colour and a well pronounced bronzy golden inner margin, reaching to the medial fascia. If the small golden costal spot at 3/5 does not interrupt the "Y"-form of the fascia, the species closely resembles Micropterix tunbergella (Fabricius, 1787), being separated primarily by the darker blueish colour of the markings only. Quite interestingly, misidentifications of M. kardamylensis from various locations in the Balkans except the Peloponnesos have always turned out to be M. tunbergella. So far, no trace of the present species has been found anywhere else than the type locality.

Phylogeny: In the male genitalia, the species is closely related to Micropterix tunbergella (Fabricius, 1787), being separated by a longer uncus and the absence of the small lobes between uncus and accessory claspers. If this similarity however indicates a closer relationship is unknown, due to the lack of DNA-data.

Worth knowing:

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2012.06.22
Kurz Michael: 2014.02.27
Kurz Michael: 2014.02.28
Kurz Michael: 2014.03.19
Kurz Michael: 2014.03.22
Kurz Michael: 2014.08.21
not reviewed

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