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Tinea ammanella Hübner, 1813

(zoological nomenclature: synonym, available)

General information:

Tinea ammanella Hübner, 1813: pl. 57 fig. 388.
Type locality: None given
Type: None designated

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
The taxon T. ammanella is presently treated as junior subjective synonym of Tinea aureatella Scopoli, 1763 (= Micropterix aureatella aureatella (Scopoli, 1763)): See Zeller et al. 2007.


original painting from "Sammlung europäischer Schmetterlinge", pl. 57, fig. 388      
Picture from: Hübner [1813]
Detailed view

Desciption of adults: Examined: Scan of original painting by Hübner (1813). The painting (see above picture) shows a small moth of Micropterix-like habit. Antennae almost 1/2 of forewing length, filiform; forewings violet-brown with three whitish, transverse fasciae; hindwings light grey with faint purplish tinge, darker towards the apex; thorax violet-brown, tegulae light grey like the head.



T. ammanella: Original painting from "Sammlung europäischer Schmetterlinge", pl. 57, fig. 388 M. aureatella aureatella : Salzburg, Pinzgau, Unken, Heutal, 2000.05.21, leg. Christof Zeller, coll. Christof Zeller M. trifasciella : Piemonte, Piamprato, 1600 m, 1969.07.10, leg. Klimesch, coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayerischen Staates, Munich M. wockei : Greece, Epirus, near Ioannina, Kalenzi, 2002.05.11, leg. Hausenblas & Zeller, coll. Christof Zeller
Picture from: Hübner [1813]
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Hübner´s painting quite clearly refers to Micropterix aureatella aureatella (Scopoli, 1763), which is distributed throughout most parts of Europe, except large areas in the Mediterranean region. It is very unlikely, that it shows the much more locally distributed Micropterix trifasciella Heath, 1965 (south-western Alps) or Micropterix wockei Staudinger, 1871 (central Greece). The painting is the only available material of the taxon T. ammanella, a genitalia investigation is therefore not possible.

Worth knowing:


Hübner, J. 1796–1836 ["1796"] a. Sammlung europäischer Schmetterlinge. Horde 8. Tineae-Schaben: [1]–[12]+13–70+[71]–[78], pls 2–71. Augsburg. Continued by C. Geyer. - available at: Biodiversity Heritage Library (http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/39974).
Zeller-Lukashort, H. C., M. E. Kurz, D. C. Lees & M. A. Kurz 2007: A review of Micropterix Hübner, 1825 from northern and central Europe (Micropterigidae); Nota lepidopterologica 30 (2): 235 – 298.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2009.04.03
Kurz Michael: 2010.11.19
Kurz Michael: 2010.11.22
Kurz Michael: 2010.11.29
Kurz Michael: 2010.12.26
Document reviewed by:
not reviewed: 2011.03.11
Document released by:
Kurz Michael: 2011.03.11