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Micropterix amasiella Staudinger, 1880

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Micropteryx amasiella Staudinger, 1880: 421-422.
Type locality: Turkey, Amasia
Type: Holotype : "3/5"; "Typus"; "Amasia m."; "Origin."; "amasiella Stdgr."; "P. Viette gen. n. 2200"; in coll. Zoologisches Museum, Berlin (ZMB)

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


Scheme of wing pattern:

Description od adults. Examined: Original description by Staudinger [1880]. Wing expanse: : 7 mm. Forwings narrow, greenish golden shining, without any markings; hindwings grey, golden shining.


The species is only known from northern Turkey. Koçak & Kemal (2009) report it for the province of Amasya.


The biology of M. amasiella is unknown.

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.


-genitalia, HOLOTYPE      
Picture from: © Kozlov 1990a, modified
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Within its distribution range, no other unmarked species of Micropterix is known. Eventually, Micropterix aruncella (Scopoli, 1763) with similar females may be found also in northern Turkey, but the latter is distinguished by a purple colouration of the forewing base at costa and different male genitalia and males mostly having silvery fasciae and spots on the forewing.

Worth knowing:


Koçak, A. Ö. & M. Kemal 2009. Revised Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Turkey. Priamus, supplement 17: 1-253.
Staudinger, O. 1879 [1880]. Lepidopteren-Fauna Kleinasien´s. Horae Societatis Entomologicae Rossicae, variis sermonibus in Rossia usitatis editae 15: 159-435.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2010.11.18
Kurz Michael: 2011.12.09
Kurz Michael: 2012.08.02
Kurz Michael: 2019.08.21
Kurz Michael: 2020.02.03
Kurz Michael: 2020.05.15
not reviewed