Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Xylorycta tapeina

Xylorycta tapeina Turner, 1898.

Xylorycta tapeina, syntype,  South Australian Museum, Adelaide. © SAMA.

Xylorycta tapeina, QM

Xylorycta tapeina, ANIC

Xylorycta tapeina Turner, 1898. The Xyloryctidae of Queensland. Annals of the Queensland Museum 4: 1–32 [13]. Syntype(s) SAMA 2♂, Charters Towers, Qld.
Xylorycta tapeina Turner, 1898. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [89].
Xylorycta tapeina Turner, 1898. 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 8 May 2010].
Xylorycta tapeina Turner, 1898. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Turner 1898
Xylorycta tapeina, n. sp. Male, 24 mm.; antennal ciliations, ½. Head, face, palpi and antennae whitish. Thorax fuscous, irrorated with whitish scales. Abdomen ochreous-whitish. Legs whitish with fuscous irroration. Forewings elongate, costa gently arched, apex round-pointed, hindmargin obliquely rounded; fuscous irrorated with white scales; a broad white streak along whole of costa, narrowing to a point at base and apex; an obscure whitish spot above middle of inner margin;  a dark spot in disc at 2/3; cilia fuscous. Hindwings and cilia pale-grey.
Charters Towers: two specimens received from Mr. Dodd.

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