Batrachedra litterata

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Batrachedra litterata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Batrachedridae
Genus: Batrachedra
Species: B. litterata
Binomial name
Batrachedra litterata
Philpott, 1928[1]

Batrachedra litterata is a species of moth in the family Batrachedridae. It is endemic to New Zealand.

Taxonomy[edit]

This species was first described in 1928 by Alfred Philpott from specimens collected by Dr A. J. Turner in Greymouth in February.[2][3] George Hudson discussed and illustrated this species both in his1939 book A supplement to the butterflies and moths of New Zealand.[4] The holotype specimen is held at the New Zealand Arthropod Collection.[3]

Description[edit]

Philpott described this species as follows:

♀. 10–11 mm. Head and thorax whitish-ochreous. Palpi whitish-ochreous, marked with brown outwardly. Antennae ochreous annulated with brown. Legs whitish-ochreous, anterior pair infuscated, tarsi faintly annulated with paler. Forewings whitish-ochreous, darker apically, round apex black: fringes greyish-fuscous, round apex ochreous. Hindwings greyish-fuscous.[2]

Distribution[edit]

This species is endemic to New Zealand.[1][5] Along with its type locality of Greymouth, this species has also been collected in Claverley, in Canterbury.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Batrachedra litterata Philpott, 1928". www.nzor.org.nz. Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd. Retrieved 2018-06-08. 
  2. ^ a b Philpott, A. (1928). "Notes and Descriptions of New Zealand Lepidoptera". Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. 58: 359–370 – via National Library of New Zealand. 
  3. ^ a b Dugdale, J. S. (1988). "Lepidoptera - annotated catalogue, and keys to family-group taxa" (PDF). Fauna of New Zealand. 14: 1–264. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Hudson, G. V. (1939). A supplement to the butterflies and moths of New Zealand. Wellington: Ferguson & Osborn Ltd. p. 442. OCLC 221041540. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  5. ^ Gordon, Dennis P., ed. (2010). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity. Volume two. Kingdom animalia : chaetognatha, ecdysozoa, ichnofossils. Vol. 2. Christchurch, N.Z.: Canterbury University Press. p. 457. ISBN 9781877257933. OCLC 973607714.