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Australian Nepticulidae (Lepidoptera): redescription of the named species

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The named Australian species of Nepticulidae are redescribed and illustrated. The genitalia of all but one species are described and illustrated, in most cases for the first time. Of the 16 species treated, 13 belong to the probably endemic genus Pectinivalva Scoble: P. caenodora (Meyrick), P. chalcitis (Meyrick), P. commoni Scoble, P. endocapna (Meyrick), P. gilva (Meyrick), P. melanotis (Meyrick), P. anazona (Meyrick), P. funeralis (Meyrick), P. libera (Meyrick), P. planetis (Meyrick), P. primigena (Meyrick), P. trepida (Meyrick) and P warburtonensis (Wilson). The remaining three are referable to the worldwide genus Stigmella Schrank: S. leucargyra (Meyrick), S. phyllanthina (Meyrick) and S. symmora (Meyrick). Pectinivalva is provisionally split into two informal species groups (the 'commoni' group and the 'funeralis' group), and a diagnosis is provided for these. Brief details of biology are given where known.

Affiliations: 1: R. J. B. Hoare, Division of Entomology, CSIRO, GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia, Division of Botany and Zoology, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia; 2: R. Johansson, Seminarievägen 47B, S-352 38 Växjö, Sweden; 3: E. J. van Nieukerken, Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum, Postbus 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands; 4: E. S. Nielsen, Division of Entomology, CSIRO, GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia


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