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Micropterix klimeschi klimeschi Heath, 1973

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Micropterix klimeschi Heath, 1973: 3 - 5
Type locality: Turkey, western Anatolia, Dedegöl Dag
Type: Holotype : "Asia minor, Dedegöl; dag, 1700 m; 15.VI.1966; J.Klimesch"; genitalia investigation J.Heath No. 390; in coll. J.Klimesch, now ZSM

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

   
: Turkey, Anatolia, Pisidia, Beysehir Gölü, Dedegöl dag, 1966.06.15, leg. Klimesch, HOLOTYPE, coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayerischen Staates, Munich : Turkey, Anatolia, Pisidia, Beysehir Gölü, Dedegöl dag, 1966.06.15, leg. Klimesch, coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayerischen Staates, Munich    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Scheme of wing pattern:

Description of adults: Examined: 2 [incl. Holotype]). Forewing length: 3,1 - 3,3 mm. Head black-brown; vestiture of hair-like scales on the head dirty ochre; antennae dark brown, golden shining, 3/4 () of forewing length; thorax bronzy golden, purple distad; tegulae purple; forewings purple violet with light golden markings, delicately boarderd bronzy golden; a very broad, somewhat irregular fascia at 1/4 across the while wing width, sometimes with a narrow extension towards the wing base and bronzy golden towards the inner margin; a broad, slightly s-shaped fascia at 1/2, across the whole wing width, sometimes broadened at the costa; at 3/4 a broad, slightly inwardly oblique fascia from costa across 2/3 of the wing width, distally with a narrow extension towards the outer margin; the outer margin and the apex sometimes spotted bronzy golden, leaving the outermost tip of the wing purple; fringe light golden, basally tinged purple; hind wings bronzy golden, intensely tinged purple; fringe bronzy golden, basally purple; legs brown, golden shining; abdomen dark brown, slightly golden shining.

Distribution:

The typical subspecies of M. klimeschi is known so far only from the 4 males caught by Klimesch at the southwestern end of the lake Beysehir, Vilajet Isparta, 1700 m in western Anatolia, Turkey.

Biology:

There aren´t any data available about the biology of the typical subspecies. The imagines have been caught in June (Kurz & Kurz 2010).

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.

Anatomy:

 
, scheme of cuticle -genitalia, prep.-no. 496, M. Kurz: "Asia min[or] Dedegöl; dag, 1700 m; 15.6.1966, J.Klimesch", coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayerischen Staates, Munich -genitalia, prep.-no. 496, M. Kurz, details in higher magnification:
a) accessory clasper
b) modified setae of accessory claspers
c) tip of aedeagus
: "Asia min[or] Dedegöl; dag, 1700 m; 15.6.1966, J.Klimesch", coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayerischen Staates, Munich
 
Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
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genitalia. Uncus long and relatively slender, with a rounded tip; accessory claspers paddle-like, at the inner surface distally with a row of 9 moderately long, inwardly directed, stout and thickened setae with spoon-like enlarged tips; at the margins, that are nearest to the uncus, medially with two fin-like, stout and thickened setae and another thickened, but distally only slightly enlarged seta slightly beyond these; valves basally strongly inflated, distad of the middle slender and bent downwards, with spatulate tips; at the inner surface at the lower margin postbasally with 3 long, bent, stout and thickened setae, as well as a row of short setae; at the inner surface of the spatulate tips 6 short, inwardly bent, stout and thickened setae as well as some unmodified setae.

genitalia. Unknown.

Diagnosis:

 
 
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Picture from: Kurz Michael
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From Micropterix klimeschi rhodiensis Kurz, Kurz & Zeller, 1993, the typical form differs externally by the more or less missing golden fascia along the outer margin, which is very prominent in the former one, as well as the complete absence of a small costal spot at 3/5, which may be present faintly in M. klimeschi rhodiensis. So far, there are no other similar species known within the distribution range of M. klimeschi. The greek Micropterix wockei Staudinger, 1870 has distinctly smaller fasciae.
Male and female genitalia of M. klimeschi are very characteristic. They suggest some relation to Micropterix completella Staudinger, 1870, to some species in northern Africa, as well as to Micropterix cassinella Kurz, Kurz & Zeller, 2010 from Italy mainland. It has been the latter species, to which Heath (1973) has referred to in his original description, when comparing the male genitalia of M. klimeschi and M. wockei.

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Heath, J. 1973: Two new species of Micropterix Hübner (Lepidoptera, Zeugloptera: Micropterigidae); Entomological Gazette 24: 3 - 5.
Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2000–2010. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. – URL: http://www.nkis.info [online 15 June 2010].

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2008.12.02
Kurz Michael: 2010.06.15
not reviewed

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