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Sabatinca caustica Meyrick, 1912

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Sabatinca caustica Meyrick, 1912: 124
Type locality: New Zealand, Invercargill, Seaward Moss
Type: Lectotype : New Zealand, Southland, Seaward Moss, leg. Philpott; in coll. BMNH

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
? Sabatinca barbarica Philpott, 1918: Junior subjective synonym (Philpott 1923b)

Habit:

   
Scheme of wing venation (forewing) LECTOTYPE : New Zealand, Southland, Seaward Moss, leg. Philpott; in coll. BMNH    
Picture from: Philpott 1923b, modified
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Picture from: © Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd, CD disk L01; image number 1526008
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Description of adults. Original description (Meyrick, 1912): ". 9 - 10 mm. Head and thorax bronzy-orange-ochreous, thorax sometimes marked with whitish. Antennae ochreous, towards apex blackish. Abdomen dark purple-grey. Forewings ovate-lanceolate, costa moderately arched, apex pointed, termen extremely obliquely rounded; violet-coppery-ochreous, in one specimen largely suffused with whitish; in one specimen a spot of dark purple-fuscous suffusion on dorsum towards base, one in disc beyond middle, and some irregular marking towards termen, and in the whitish-suffused specimen the dark purple-fuscous suffusion forms a blotch along anterior portion of costa connected with a large oblique blotch in middle of disc, a streak along dorsum from base to 2/3, a subterminal fascia enclosing a white spot on costa, and a mark along termen in middle, but in the other two specimens there are no markings: cilia golden-ochreous. Hindwings deep purple; cilia pale golden-ochreous."

Distribution:

The type series has been caught by Philpott in New Zealand, Invercargill, Seaward Moss.

Biology:

The four specimens of the type series have been caught in October (Meyrick, 1912).

Diagnosis:

Following Meyrick (1912), the shape of forewings is characteristic, being more pointed than in any other species.

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Meyrick, E. 1912. Descriptions of New Zealand Lepidoptera. 117 - 126.
Philpott, A. 1923b. A Study of the Venation of the New Zealand Species of Micropterygidae. Transactions and proceedings of the New Zealand Institute: 155-161.
Philpott, A. 1924b. The genitalia in Sabatinca and allied genera (Lepidoptera Homoneura), with some observations on the same structures in the Mecoptera. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1923(3-4): 347-366.

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2009.07.20
Kurz Michael: 2010.02.02
Kurz Michael: 2010.02.08
Kurz Michael: 2010.03.03
Kurz Michael: 2010.04.08
Kurz Michael: 2012.11.11
not reviewed

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