Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lichenaula mochlias

Lichenaula mochlias Meyrick, 1890



Lichenaula mochlias Meyrick, 1890, Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  13: 23–81 [52]. Holotype BMNH ♀, Melbourne, Vic.
Lichenaula mochlias Meyr. Lower, 1896, A catalogue of Victorian Heterocera. Part xix. The Victorian Naturalist, 12: 149-152 [151].
Lichenaula mochlias Meyrick, 1890. 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 mochlias (Meyrick, 1890). 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].
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Original description, Meyrick 1890
Lich. mochlias, n. sp.
Female 26mm. Head white. Palpi white, terminal joint and upper half of second irrorated with dark fuscous. Antennae whitish. Thorax whitish, irrorated with dark fuscous. Abdomen ochreous-whitish. Legs white, anterior and middle pair irrorated with dark fuscous, tarsi wholly blackish, posterior tarsi irrorated with fuscous. Forewings elongate-oblong, costa moderately arched, apex obtuse, hindmargin straight, rather oblique, rounded beneath; 7 to below apex; light grey, closely irrorated with dark fuscous; a slender transverse blackish streak near base, not reaching either margin; two obscure dark fuscous dots transversely placed in disc at 1/3; a short blackish transverse mark in disc at 2/3; indistinct traces of an angulated darker transverse line beyond this; four small dark fuscous spots on posterior half of costa: cilia whitish-grey, with two blackish-grey lines, first becoming interrupted into spots towards anal angle. Hindwings fuscous-grey, lighter towards base, apex darker; cilia whitish-fuscous, with two faint darker lines.
Melbourne, Victoria; one specimen received from Mr. G. H. Raynor.

Other references

L. mochlias, Meyr. (loc. cit. 52, 1889).
Melbourne. (Lower, 1896).

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