Bulletin of the Natural History Museum: Entomology



New Neotropical Nepticulidae (Lepidoptera) from the western Amazonian rainforest and the Andes of Ecuador


RIMANTAS PUPLESIS a1, ARUNAS DIŠKUS a1 and GADEN S. ROBINSON a2
a1 Department of Zoology, Vilnius Pedagogical University, 39, Studentu str., Vilnius 2004 LT, Lithuania
a2 Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK

Abstract

Synopsis 19

Introduction 19

Material and methods 20

Abbreviations of institutions 20

Acknowledgements 21

Descriptions of new species 21

Enteucha Meyrick 21

Stigmella Schrank 23

Fomoria Beirne 26

Acalyptris Meyrick 27

References 34

Index 34

Fieldwork in 2000–2001 in the upper Amazon basin and the Andes (Ecuador) has yielded 16 new species of Nepticulidae, described here. Four genera are represented: Enteucha Meyrick (two species: E. acuta, E. guajavae), Stigmella Schrank (four species: S. montanotropica, S. nubimontana, S. rubeta, S. austroamericana), Fomoria Beirne (two species: F. repanda, F. tabulosa) and Acalyptris Meyrick (8 species: A. ecuadoriana, A. onorei, A. basihastatus, A. pseudohastatus, A. articulosus, A. rotundus, A. amazonius, A. insolentis); the authors of all new taxa are Puplesis & Diškus. Larvae have been reared from three genera of different plant families: Psidium (Myrtaceae), Acalypha (Euphorbiaceae) and Rubus (Rosaceae). The adult moths of all 16 species treated are illustrated in black and white, with line drawings of genitalia and, for four species, drawings of leaf-mines.