Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lichenaula lithina

Lichenaula lithina Meyrick, 1890



Lichenaula lithina Meyrick, 1890, Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  13: 23–81 [49]. Holotype BMNH ♂, Blackheath, NSW.
Lichenaula lithina 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 lithina 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 lithina Meyrick, 1890. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1890
Lich. lithina, n. sp.
Male 14 mm. Head, palpi, and thorax white, sprinkled with fuscous. Antennae white, annulated with fuscous, ciliations l. Abdomen whitish. Legs white, anterior pair dark fuscous. Forewings elongate, rather narrow, costa gently arched, apex round-pointed, hindmargin very obliquely rounded; 7 to apex; white, thinly and irregularly irrorated with black; a pale fuscous suffusion, forming a very indistinct blotch on anterior half of inner margin, a spot on inner margin before anal angle, a spot on costa beyond middle and another at 4/5, all very faint and obscure: cilia white, irrorated with fuscous, appearing to form obscure darker bars, with an irregular row of black points. Hindwings whitish, with a bluish tinge, veins and hind margin obscurely grey; cilia whitish, with faint traces of two grey lines.
Blackheath (3,500 feet), New South Wales; one specimen in January. (Meyrick, 1890).

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Flight period:  January.
Distribution: New South Wales. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).