Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Xylorycta moligera

Xylorycta moligera (Meyrick, 1914)



Paralecta moligera, Meyrick 1914, Exotic Microplepidoptera, 1, [221]. Syntype(s) BMNH 2♂♀, Herberton, Qld.
Xylorycta moligera, (Meyrick 1914). Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [89].
moligera, (Paralecta) Meyrick 1914. Unplaced species preciously referred to Oecophoridae, Common, 2000, The Barea Group and Unplaced Genera, Oecophorine Genera of Australia III,  Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera,  8, 1-453,  [435].
Paralecta moligera, Meyrick 1914. 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 24 April 2010].
Xylorycta moligera, (Meyrick 1914). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick, 1914
Paralecta moligera, n. sp.
♂ 25 mm, ♀ 30 mm. Head ochreous-whitish, sidetufts more ochreous-tinged. Palpi ochreous-whitish, second joint suffused with brownish-ochreous. Antennal ciliations of ♂ 1 2/3. Thorax pale ochreous. Abdomen ochreous-whitish, segments suffusedly banded with ferruginous. Forewings elongate-triangular, broader in ♀, costa moderately arched, apex obtuse, termen straight, somewhat oblique; 8 to apex; brownish-ochreous, lighter anteriorly, with some scattered dark fuscous specks; costal edge dark fuscous anteriorly; a dark fuscous streak running from middle of disc to dorsum before tornus: cilia brownish-ochreous, becoming lilac-brown towards tips. Hindwings with 6 and 7 approximated towards base; whitish-ochreous; cilia whitish-ochreous.
Queensland, Herberton (Dodd); two specimens.

Xylorycta moligera, ♀ head, K228, Kuranda

Xylorycta moligera, ♂ wing venation

Xylorycta moligera, ♂ genitalia, K227. Kuranda

Xylorycta moligera, aedeagus (not to scale) K227. Kuranda

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Distribution: Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).