Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Xylorycta cygnella

Xylorycta cygnella (Walker, 1864).

Cryptolechia cygnella Walker, 1864, Tineites. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum. Vol. 29. 562–835 pp. [752]. Holotype BMNH ♂, Swan River, WA.
Xylorycta cygnella (Walker, 1864). Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [89].
Zauclophora cygnella Walker, 1864. Beccaloni, G. W., Scoble, M. J., Robinson, G. S. & Pitkin, B. (Editors). 2003. The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex). World Wide Web electronic publication. [accessed 5 May 2010].
Xylorycta cygnella (Walker, 1864). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Walker 1864
Cryptolechia cygnella.
Mas. Alba; palpi capitis latitudine multo longiores, articulo 2o extus flavescente; antennae subsetulosae; alae anticae apice rotundatae, subtus pallide fuscescentes.
Male. White. Palpi smooth, curved, ascending high above the vertex, much longer than the breadth of the head; second joint yellowish on the outer side; third setiform, shorter than the second. Antennae extremely minutely setulose. Abdomen extending beyond the hind wings. Fore wings rounded at the tips, pale brownish beneath; costa and exterior border hardly convex, the latter rather oblique. Length of the body 4 lines [8.5mm]; of the wings 10 lines [21.2mm].
a. Swan River. Presented by Sir J. Richardson.

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Distribution: Western Australia. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).