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Microptericina Zagulajev, 1983

(zoological nomenclature: synonym, available)

General information:

Microptericina Zagulajev, 1983: 113
Type: Micropteryx amasiella Staudinger, 1880, by original designation

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
The taxon Microptericina is treated as junior subjective synonym of Micropterix Hübner, 1825


Description of adults: Translation of original description by Zagulajev, 1983. Wing expanse: 7 - 9 mm. Anterior wings dark brown to brownish purple, shining; markings very distinct, consisting of 3, seldom 4 light shining fasciae.


Species of Microptericina are known so far only from the Caucasus, the Transcaucasus and Asia Minor.


(translation of original description by Zagulajev, 1983): Valves not big, bent, constricted distally; their length only 1.5-2 times the length of the saccus; their tip with 12-18 long spikes, which are normally shorter than the width of the valve; aedeagus straight, only slightly shorter than the valves; tegumen forming a narrow gorge, 2-3 times shorter than the aedeagus; its extension membraneous or only weakly sclerotized, with ridges, bearing fine bristles and setae; paddles of the tegumen [lobes ventral to the uncus and accessory claspers] long and slender or short and broad; at their tips with long, flat bristles; at the lower side of the tegumen, towards the basis of the paddles, distant narrow rodlike extensions with bristles at their tips.


M. monticolella, a representative of the species grouped in Microptericina, -genitalia, prep.-no. 764, M. Kurz: NW Caucasus, Teberda, Dshamagat valley, 2500 m, 1974.06.04, leg. Franz Eichler, coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayerischen Staates, Munich M. aruncella, type species of Micropterix, -genitalia, prep.-no. 886 M. Kurz: Greece, Mt. Olympos, Kataphyg., 2000 m, 1962.06.28, leg. Klimesch Josef, coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayerischen Staates, Munich    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Micropteryx amasiella Staudinger, 1880 and its allies form a well defined species-complex within Micropterix Hübner, 1825, based on male genitalia, especially characterized by the rodlike extensions ventral to the accessory claspers. Nevertheless, regarding male genitalia, this complex seems to be associated with other species in the genus, among them Micropterix aruncella (Scopoli, 1763), which is the type species of Micropterix. Furthermore, there are no significant external differences to other species of Micropterix.

Worth knowing:


Zagulajev, A. K. 1983. New and little known species of the moths (Lepidoptera: Tineidae, Micropterigidae, Pterophoridae) from the USSR and adjacent territories. – Entomologicheskoye Obozreniye 62: 106–122 [In Russian].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2009.03.27
Kurz Michael: 2010.11.10
Kurz Michael: 2011.08.30
Kurz Michael: 2011.09.08
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Kurz Michael: 2011.09.13