Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lichenaula musica

Lichenaula musica Meyrick, 1890.


Lichenaula musica Meyrick, 1890, Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  13: 23–81 [51].Syntype(s) BMNH 3♀♂, Port Lincoln, SA; Perth and Geraldton, WA.
Lichenaula musica 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 musica (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].
Lichenaula musica Meyrick, 1890. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1890
Lich. musica, n. sp.
Both sexes 17 -20 mm. : Head greyish-ochreous mixed with white. Palpi white, more or less irrorated with greyish-ochreous. Antennae whitish, obscurely annulated with grey, ciliations in male 1 ½. Thorax greyish-ochreous, mixed with white and sprinkled with black. Abdomen grey-whitish. Legs whitish, anterior and middle pair suffusedly banded with dark fuscous. Forewings elongate, moderate, costa moderately arched, apex obtuse, hindmargin rather oblique, nearly straight, rounded beneath; 7. to hindmargin; greyish-ochreous, irrorated with white; some scattered black scales, tending to form more or less distinct streaks on veins, especially near hindmargin beneath apex, where in male they form a conspicuous triangular patch; a short indistinct outwardly oblique darker streak from inner margin at ¼; obscure indications of a cloudy somewhat darker fascia from middle of costa to inner margin before anal angle; two black clots transversely placed in disc at 2/3, followed by a small obscure white suffusion; cilia whitish, mixed with ochreous, and barred with blackish irroration. Hind wings fuscous, paler towards base; cilia fuscous whitish, with a fuscous line.
Port Lincoln, South Australia; Geraldton and Perth, West Australia; in November, three specimens.

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Flight period: November.
Distribution: South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).