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Micropterix sikhotealinensis Ponomarenko & Beljaev, 2000

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Micropterix sikhotealinensis Ponomarenko & Beljaev, 2000: 250-251.
Type locality: Russia, Primorskyi krai, Chuguevskyi district, 16 km SSE Yasnoe, Sister stream, 1000 m
Type: Holotype : Russia, Primorskyi krai, Chuguevskyi district, 16 km SSE Yasnoe, Sister stream, 1000 m, 17.VI.1998, leg. Beljaev; in coll. Institute of Biology and Soil Sciences, Vladivostok

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

So far, the species is known only around the type locality in the south of the Russian Far East (Ponomarenko & Beljaev 2000).

Biology:

The species has been found on meadows on 3-5 year old clearings in the mountain coniferous forest (taiga) with Abies nephrolepis, Picea ajanensis and Betula costata (Ponomarenko & Beljaev 2000).

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.

Diagnosis:

Within its distribution range, there are no other externally similar species. In the male genitalia, M. sikhotealinensis closely resembles Micropterix aureatella shikotanica Kozlov, 1988, but can readily be separated externally by the forewings markings and the black scales on the head. Furthermore, the uncus is broader basally and somewhat longer, the accessory claspers and additional lobes between them and the uncus also being slightly different.

Worth knowing:

Ponomarenko, M. G. & E. A. Beljaev 2000. New species of the genus Micropterix Hübner (Lepidoptera. Micropterigidae) from the Sikhote-Alin Range. Tinea 16 (4): 250-251.

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2012.08.22
not reviewed

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