New Nepticulidae species (Insecta: Lepidoptera) from the Yucatán Peninsula

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2013
Authors:J. R. Stonis, Remeikis, A., Diškus, A., Noreika, R.
Keywords:Acalyptris yucatani, Anacardiaceae, Belize, Mexico, Nepticulidae, Rhamnaceae, Schinus, Stigmella maya

Thirty-eight species of Nepticulidae are known from the Yucatán Peninsula and adjacent areas (mainland Mexico and Be-lize). This paper describes two new species: Stigmella maya Remeikis & Stonis, sp. nov. (a leaf-miner of Karwinskia hum-boldtiana, Rhamnaceae), and Acalyptris yucatani Remeikis & Stonis, sp. nov. (a leaf-miner of Schinus sp., Anacardiaceae). S. maya is among the smallest Lepidoptera in the world. In its male genitalia S. maya resembles a sizeable group of undescribed species occurring in the Andes (Patagonia: Argentina). The adults of both new species are illustrated with photographs of adults, genitalia and leaf-mines.

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