The genus Niepeltia Strand: taxonomy, and comments on structure and relationships (Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1980
Authors:M. J. Scoble
Journal:Annals of the Transvaal Museum
Date Published:1980-09-30
Keywords:Acalyptris, Acalyptris acumenta, Acalyptris bispinata, Acalyptris clinomochla, Acalyptris combretella, Acalyptris fagarivora, Acalyptris fulva, Acalyptris fuscofascia, Acalyptris krooni, Acalyptris lanneivora, Acalyptris lorantivora, Acalyptris lundiensis, Acalyptris mariepsensis, Acalyptris minimella, Acalyptris molleivora, Acalyptris obliquella, Acalyptris pundaensis, Acalyptris rubiaevora, Acalyptris sellata, Acalyptris umdoniensis, Acalyptris vacuolata, Acalyptris vumbaensis, Acalyptris zeyheriae, Italy, Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae, New species, Niepeltia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe

The genus Niepeltia is redescribed and all the known species are reviewed. Structures of importance in the systematics of the genus are discussed, and the plesiornorphic/apomorphic states of the characters are evaluated. Twenty-three species are considered in this work; six names are recombined; of the 20 species found in southern Africa 16 are described as new. All the species, for which such information is available, are leaf-miners. The known distribution of the group is mapped, although it is stressed that this is unlikely to represent the true range of the genus.

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