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.


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]


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]


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]


  1. ^ a b "Batrachedra litterata Philpott, 1928". 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.