Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lichenaula afflictella

Lichenaula afflictella (Walker, 1864)

Cryptolechia afflictella Walker, 1864, Tineites. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum. Vol. 29. 562–835 pp. [758]. Syntype(s) BMNH 2♀, Moreton Bay, Qld; Australia.
Lichenaula afflictella (Walker, 1864), comb. n. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [87].
Zauclophora afflictella (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 23 April 2010].
Lichenaula afflictella (Walker, 1864). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Walker 1864
Cryptolechia afflictella.
Mas. Alba; palpi articulo 2o basi nigro; antennae glabrae; tibiae posticae fimbriatae; alae anticae nigro conspersae, punctis quatuor discalibus fasciisque duabus indeterminatis nigricantibus: posticae cinereae. Foem. — cinerea, abdomen attenuatum, oviducto exserto.
Male. White. Palpi smooth, much longer than the breadth of the head; second joint black above towards the base; third setiform, much shorter than the second. Antennae smooth. Abdomen extending a little beyond the hind wings. Hind tibiae fringed. Fore wings rounded at the tips, with black speckles, which are mostly confluent, except towards the base; four blackish discal points; two before the middle, the other two beyond the middle; two incomplete diffuse blackish bands; exterior border slightly convex, very oblique. Hind wings cinereous. Female. — Cinereous. Third joint of the palpi almost as long as the second. Abdomen attenuated; oviduct exserted. Length of the body 5-6 lines [10.6 – 12.7mm]; of the wings 14 lines [29.6mm].
a. Australia. From Mr. Darnel's collection.
b. Moreton Bay. From Mr. Diggles' collection.
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Distribution: Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).