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Micropterix aureofasciella Heath, 1986

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Micropterix aureofasciella Heath, 1986: 22-23, fig. 6, 7
Type locality: Algeria, Bone (now Annaba)
Type: Holotype : Algeria, Bone, 13.III.1903, Eaton, 14003; genitalia preparation J. Heath no. 136; in coll. BMNH

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

Description of adults: Examined: Original description by Heath (1986). Forewing length: 3.0 - 3.5 mm, 3.5 - 4.0 mm. "Head golden yellow; antenna golden fuscous. Thorax ´golden;tegulae bronzy purple; Forewing dark bronzy purple, with fasciae at one-quarter and just before one-half, sometimes broken centrally, a costal spot at just beyond one-half and a fascia at three-quarters sometimes not quite reaching dorsum, in female sometimes a median bar joining fasciae at one-hale and three-quarters, pale golden; cilia ple golden, apically whitish.Hindwing bronzy golden, apically purplish tinged; cilia dark bronzy golden. Abdomen golden."

Distribution:

The species is known only from Algeria, where it occurs along the coastal belt from Algiers to Philippeville (Heath 1986).

Biology:

Nothing is known about the biology of M. aureofasciella. The adults have been found on the wing from mid march till early May (Heath 1986).

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.

Anatomy:

     
-genitalia      
Picture from: © Heath 1986, modified
Detailed view
     

Genitalia. "Uncus long and slender; accessory clasper with a series of nin stout, backward produced, hooked setae and a row of four stout, hooked setae in two groups and an elongate lobe; between uncus and accessory clasper row of four long, thin setae. Clasper spatulate with a group of short, stout setae on inner surface of distal end and two fairly long, stoutm basal setae. " (Heath 1986).

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Heath, J. 1986. The Micropterigid fauna of north Africa (Lepidoptera, Zeugloptera). Entomologist´s Gazette 37:17-32, 126.

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2010.11.09
Kurz Michael: 2012.01.02
Kurz Michael: 2012.07.13
not reviewed

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