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Zenophassus schamyl (Christoph, 1888)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Hepialus Schamyl Christoph, 1888: 309.
Type locality: western Caucasus
Type: not designated

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

: Russia, Krasnodar region, Sochi city, near river Psakhe, 2016.08.26, leg. Grogoryev E. E., coll. Michael Kurz : Caucasus : Caucasus : Russia, Caucasus
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Svyatoslav Knyazev, Omsk, Russia
Detailed view
Picture from: Svyatoslav Knyazev, Omsk, Russia
Detailed view
Picture from: Svyatoslav Knyazev, Omsk, Russia
Detailed view

Description of adults: Examined: 1 , pictures of 2 , 1 . Forewing length: 31.5 mm. Head densely covered with short, erect, reddish grey-brown, hair-like scales; labial palpi minute, with long tuft of hair-like scales of the same colour; eyes oval dark grey-brown; antennae very short, about 1/10 of forewing length, light brown, scarcely ciliated in ; thorax and tegulae densely covered by moderately long, reddish grey-brown, hair-like scales; forewings moderately broad, apex curved, distinctly pointed, ground colour lighter or darker brown to grey-brown, eventually with slight reddish tinge; a distinct, somewhat L-like, silvery white spot at discus; minute silvery white spots near base of cell and submarginally beyond apex; at costa several distinct, dark brown spots, separated by creamy to light grey-brown colouring with delicate, dark brown line-drawings; two irregular, cream-coloured to light grey-brown fasciae across the whole wing width near base and at 4/5, the first outwardly oblique, the second parallel to outer margin, both almost meeting at inner margin at an angle of less than 90 to form a V-like marking; both fasciae centered by an irregular darker band; some indistinct, light-ringed spots along outer margin, especially towards tornus; fringe of same colour; hindwings of similar ground colour, darker greyish towards basis, also pointed at apex, but less sharply, two dark brown, light bordered spots subapically at costa; otherwise without markings, with long, dark brown, hair-like scales near basis; outer margin and fringe with a reddish tinge; underside of similar colour like upeprside, forewing scarcely scaled except for the marginal and submarginal area, markings of upperside shining through; legs and abdomen of same colour as wings; legs, except for tarsi also with long tufts of hair-like scales.

Distribution:

To present knowledge, the species is endemic to the Caucasus mountains.

Diagnosis:

The species is unmistakeable in the Palaearctic Region by its pointed apex of the forewings.

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Christop, H. 1888. Diagnosen zu einigen neuen Lepidopteren des palaearctischen Faunengebietes. Horae societatis entomologicae rossicae 22: 308-314.

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2016.11.09
Kurz Michael: 2017.01.19
Kurz Michael: 2017.04.26
Kurz Michael: 2019.02.25
Kurz Michael: 2019.11.10
Kurz Michael: 2019.12.15
not reviewed

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