Platyptilia hokowhitalis

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Platyptilia hokowhitalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pterophoridae
Genus: Platyptilia
Species: P. hokowhitalis
Binomial name
Platyptilia hokowhitalis
Hudson, 1939[1]

Platyptilia hokowhitalis is a species of moth in the family Pterophoridae. This species is endemic to New Zealand. This species has been classified as Data Deficient by the Department of Conservation.

Taxonomy[edit]

This species was originally described and illustrated by George Hudson in 1939.[2][3] He used a specimen collected on 10 November 1889 in Hokowhitu Bush in Palmerston North.[2] Hudson had previously discussed the species in 1928 mistakenly under the name Platyptilia celidota.[3][4] The holotype specimen is held at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.[3]

Description[edit]

Hudson described the species as follows:

The expansion of the wings is ​34 inch (19 mm.). The fore-wings are pale brownish-ochreous; a series of rather faint darker marks on costa from base to near origin of cleft ; a conspicuous black mark at base of cleft, almost at right angles with costa, its upper extremity being very slightly nearer base of wing than lower extremity ; cilia brownish-ochreous with slight blackish scale tufts on inner sides of cleft near termen, and strong tufts on dorsum. Hind-wings and cilia paler and slightly greyer than fore-wings ; the blackish scale tufts on dorsum of third plume quite evident.[2]

Distribution[edit]

This species is endemic to New Zealand.[1][5] This species can be found in the Wellington, Whanganui and Taranaki areas.[6] It has been found at Meremere Bush.[6]

Habitat[edit]

The holotype of this species was captured in forest habitat.[2] This type locality is now a suburb of Palmerston North.[2][6]

Host species[edit]

Larvae of this species have been reared from a shrubby Euphrasia.[6]

Conservation status[edit]

This species has been classified as having the "Data Deficient" conservation status under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Platyptilia hokowhitalis Hudson, 1939". www.nzor.org.nz. Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  2. ^ a b c d e Hudson, G. V. (1939). A supplement to the butterflies and moths of New Zealand. Wellington: Ferguson & Osborn Ltd. p. 430. OCLC 221041540. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Dugdale, J. S. (1988). "Lepidoptera - annotated catalogue, and keys to family-group taxa" (PDF). Fauna of New Zealand. 14: 1–269. ISBN 0477025188. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  4. ^ Hudson, G. V. (1928). The Butterflies and Moths of New Zealand. Wellington: Ferguson & Osborn Ltd. p. 209. OCLC 25449322.
  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.
  6. ^ a b c d Patrick, B. H.; Dugdale., J. S. (2000). "Conservation status of the New Zealand Lepidoptera" (PDF). Science for conservation. 136: 29. ISBN 0478218672. ISSN 1173-2946 – via Department of Conservation.
  7. ^ Hoare, R.J.B.; Dugdale, J.S.; Edwards, E.D.; Gibbs, G.W.; Patrick, B.H.; Hitchmough, R.A.; Rolfe, J.R. (2017). "Conservation status of New Zealand butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), 2015" (PDF). New Zealand Threat Classification Series. 20: 5.

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