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Sabatinca calliarcha Meyrick, 1912

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Sabatinca calliarcha Meyrick, 1912: 124 - 125
Type locality: New Zealand, Fiordland, west of the Tuatapere, Te Waewae Bay, Blue Cliffs
Type: Holotype : New Zealand, Fiordland, Blue Cliffs, A. Philpott; in coll. BMNH

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


Scheme of wing venation (forewing) Holotype : New Zealand, Fiordland, Blue Cliffs, A. Philpott; in coll. BMNH    
Picture from: Philpott 1923, modified
Detailed view
Picture from: © Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd, CD disk L01; image number 1526007
Detailed view

Description of adults. Original description (Meyrick, 1912): ". 12 mm. Head light bronzy-ochreous, hairs extremely long. Antennae pale ochreous, ringed with dark fuscous. Thorax clothed with long, bronzy-ochreous hairs, beneath which is a white bent stripe on each side of back. Abdomen blackish, apex ochreous-whitish. Forewings elongate-ovate, costa moderately arched, apex obtuse, termen very obliquely rounded; yellow; dorsum suffused with ferrugineous-brown, with a few black scales on edge; four golden-whitish streaks from costa between base and 2/3 converging towards posterior half of dorsum, first edged posteriorly with ferrugineous-brown mixed with indigo-black, hardly reaching dorsum, other three margined at both sides with ferrugineous-brown streaks and on costa with black, second and fourth reaching dorsum, third reaching about half across the wing; posterior area ferrugineous-brownish somewhat mixed with pale yellowish, with an irregular black dot in disc at 3/4, and four black dots on costa edged beneath with golden-whitish; a thick black streak lying along termen from near apex to tornus, edged with ochreous-yellowish and interrupted to form a long upper and short lower portion, upper portion including two golden-metallic terminal dots: cilia light ochreous-yellowish, with a violet-coppery basal line edged externally with grey. Hindwings deep purple, disc and veins blackish; cilia blackish-grey."


The single type specimen has been caught by Philpott in New Zealand, west of Tuatapere, Blue Cliffs. Although Meyrick cited "Invercargill" on the Holotype label, he published the locality as "Bluecliff, Invercargill" (Dollimore 1962, Dugdale 1988).


The holotype has been caught in December (Meyrick, 1912).


Scheme of genitalia      
Picture from: Philpott 1924, modified
Detailed view


Following Meyrick (1912), the species is unmistakeable, showing some superficial approximation to Micropardalis doroxena, although "structurally a true Sabatinca in all respects".

Worth knowing:


Dollimore, E.S. (compiler) 1962. The New Zealand Guide, superseding Wise´s Index to every place in New Zealand. 3rd edition. Dunedin, H. Wise & Co.
Dugdale, J. S. 1988. Lepidoptera - annotated catalogue, and keys to family-group taxa. Fauna of New Zealand 14.
Meyrick, E. 1912. Descriptions of New Zealand Lepidoptera. Transactions and proceedings of the New Zealand Institute: 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, 1924(3-4): 347-366.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2009.07.20
Kurz Michael: 2010.04.06
Kurz Michael: 2012.11.11
not reviewed