Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

FNZ 54 - Hierodoris (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Oecophoridae) - Abstract

Hoare, RJB 2005. Hierodoris (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Gelechoidea: Oeco­phoridae), and overview of Oecophoridae. Fauna of New Zealand 54, 100 pages.
( ISSN 0111-5383 (print), ; no. 54. ISBN 0-478-09378-0 (print), ). Published 24 Dec 2005


An overview of New Zealand Oecophoridae is presented, and a new genus-group, the ‘Hierodoris group’, is defined. The systematic placement of this group is discussed. New Zealand oecophorid genera not assigned to the Hierodoris group are assigned to the Wingia, Chezala, and Barea groups of Common. Stathmopodinae are excluded from Oecophoridae.

The endemic New Zealand genus Hierodoris Meyrick is revised. The genus is fully redescribed, and 18 species are recognised, including 8 new species: H. gerontion, H. huia, H. pachystegiae, H. polita, H. sesioides, H. s-fractum, H. torrida, and H. tygris. Gymnobathra squamea Philpott is transferred to Hierodoris. Coridomorpha Meyrick is sunk as a junior subjective synonym of Hierodoris, and H. chlorobela Meyrick as a junior subjective synonym of H. illita (Felder & Rogenhofer). All species are fully described and adults illustrated in colour; male genitalia are illustrated for all species and female genitalia for all except H. sesioides. Larvae and pupae are described for the species in which they are known. Information is given on biology, distribution, and conservation status, with 5 species considered potentially threatened at the national level: H. huia, H. polita, H. sesioides, H. stella, and H. tygris. Two species-groups are recognised: the Hierodoris iophanes group including H. iophanes, H. frigida, H. polita, H. torrida, and H. huia, and the Hierodoris illita group including all the remaining species.

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