Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Xylorycta nivella

Xylorycta nivella (Walker, 1864)

Cryptolechia nivella Walker, 1864, Tineites. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum. Vol. 29. 562–835 pp. [751]. Holotype BMNH ♂, North Australia.
Xylorycta nivella (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 nivella (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 6 May 2010].
Xylorycta nivella (Walker, 1864). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Walker 1864
Cryptolechia nivella.
Nivea; palpi capitis latitudine duplo longiores; tibiae posticae non fimbriatae; alae anticae longae, sat angustae, margine exteriore perobliquo.
Pure white. Palpi smooth, slender, twice longer than the breadth of the bead; third joint setiform, as long as the second. Hind tibiae not fringed. Wings elongate, rather narrow. Fore wings slightly rounded at the tips; exterior border slightly convex, very oblique. Length of the body 4 lines [8.5mm]; of the wings 12 lines [25.4mm].
a. North Australia. Presented by J. R. Elsey, Esq.
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Distribution: Australia. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).