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Research Project: Systematics of Moths Significant to Biodiversity, Quarantine, and Control, with a Focus on Invasive Species

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: The American species of the genus Glaucolepis Braun, 1917 (Neotrifurcula van Nieukerken, syn. nov.) (Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae)

Author
item Stonis, Jonas - Lithuanian Research Centre For Agriculture And Forestry
item Remeikis, Andrius - Lithuanian Research Centre For Agriculture And Forestry
item Diskus, Arunas - Lithuanian Research Centre For Agriculture And Forestry
item Solis, M

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/25/2017
Publication Date: 10/26/2017
Citation: Stonis, J.R., Remeikis, A., Diskus, A., Solis, M.A. 2017. The American species of the genus Glaucolepis Braun, 1917 (Neotrifurcula van Nieukerken, syn. nov.) (Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae). Zootaxa. 4338(3):489-506.

Interpretive Summary: Some leaf mining moths have become serious pests, for example, of citrus. Nepticulid leaf mines created by larvae are serpentine in leaves, twigs, or fruit in over 30 plant families, including American forest trees. This research re-examines, clarifies, and expands the concept of a North American moth group and describes two new species from South America. The adults only 1.5 mm to 4.6 mm in wing span, their internal structures, and the leaf mining habit on sugar maple are illustrated. This research will be useful to biologists interested in the biology and identity of American leaf mining moths.

Technical Abstract: We provide diagnostic characters for the genus Glaucolepis Braun, re-examine the type series of the type species of the North American G. saccharella Braun, describe two new species from Chile and Argentina (G. flagellata Remeikis & Stonis, sp. nov. and G. pseudoflagellata Remeikis & Stonis, sp. nov.), and provide the first photographic documentation of the central Andean G. aerifica (Meyrick). We synonymize Neotrifurcula van Nieukerken, 2016, syn. nov. with Glaucolepis and provide one new combination for the south Andean G. gielisorum (van Nieukerken, 2016), comb. nov. All species treated in the paper are illustrated with drawings and (or) photographs of the adults and genitalia