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Tinea podevinella Hübner, 1813

(zoological nomenclature: synonym, available)

General information:

Tinea podevinella Hübner, 1813: pl. 50, fig. 342.
Type locality: None given (Zeller et al., 2007)
Type: None designated

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


original painting from "Sammlung europäischer Schmetterlinge", pl. 50, fig. 342      
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 Tineoid-like habit. Head black; antennae 3/4 of forewing length, filiform, fuscous; thorax light greyish-brown with faint purple tinge; forewings golden greyish-brown with indistinct, ill defined light markings; fringe fuscous; hindwings light grey, fringe fuscous.



T. podevinella: Original painting from "Sammlung europäischer Schmetterlinge", pl. 50, fig. 342 M. aruncella : Austria, Salzburg, Thalgau, 1989.05.18, leg. et coll. Michael Kurz    
Picture from: Hübner [1813]
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Due to its small size, the interpretation of Hübner´s painting as Micropterix aruncella (Scopoli, 1763) is somewhat speculative, although convincing. Magnification of the picture does not contribute to further clarification, since the impression becomes even more confuse. Nevertheless, we follow recent publications (e.g. Zeller et al. 2007) and interpret the figure as male of M. aruncella. The painting is the only available material of the taxon T. podevinella, 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: 2009.04.02
Kurz Michael: 2010.11.23
Kurz Michael: 2010.11.24
Document reviewed by:
not reviewed: 2011.03.11
Document released by:
Kurz Michael: 2011.03.11