Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lichenaula ignota

Lichenaula ignota Turner, 1898



Lichenaula ignota Turner, 1898, The Xyloryctidae of Queensland. Annals of the Queensland Museum 4: 1–32 [21]. Syntype(s) ANIC 5♂♀, Brisbane, Qld.
Lichenaula ignota Turn. Turner, 1900, New Micro-lepidoptera — mostly from Queensland. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  24: 6–23 [10]. Syntype(s) ANIC 2♀, Brisbane, Qld.
Lichenaula ignota 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 [87].
Xylorycta ignota (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. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/entomology/lepindex [accessed 23 April 2010].
Lichenaula ignota Turner, 1898. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/online-resources/fauna/afd/taxa/XYLORYCTINAE [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Turner 1898
Lichenaula ignota, n. sp. Male and female. 15-18 mm. Antennal ciliations in male, ¼. Forewings with vein 7 to hindmargin. Head,  face, and palpi grey, densely irrorated with blackish-fuscous. Antennae dark fuscous. Thorax blackish-fuscous with a few grey scales. Abdomen grey. Legs grey, irrorated with fuscous. Forewings elongate, costa gently arched, apex round-pointed, hindmargin obliquely rounded; whitish-grey irrorated with black scales; a black dot in disc at 2/3; an obscure, outwardly oblique, short, black marking from middle of inner-margin; beyond this is a small whitish-grey patch; a blackish suffusion at anal angle; cilia blackish-fuscous irrorated with whitish-grey. Hindwings with hindmargin sinuate beneath apex; pale-grey; cilia pale-grey.
Brisbane: five specimens at light.

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[Lichenaula tholodes] Allied to L. ignota, Turn., from which it differs in the purplish-fuscous colouring and absence of markings.

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Distribution: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).