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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4061.1.8

Two new species of the genus Deltophora Janse, 1950 (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)

HOUHUN LI, ZHIBO WANG, KLAUS SATTLER

Abstract


Two Chinese species of the genus Deltophora Janse (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), both in obligate mutualism with the plant genus Phyllanthus L. (Phyllanthaceae), are newly described: Deltophora phyllanthicella Li et Sattler sp. n., from Hainan, a pollinator of its larval host Phyllanthus rheophyticus Gilbert et Li; Deltophora polliniferens Li et Sattler sp. n., from Guangdong, a pollinator of its larval host Phyllanthus cochinchinensis (Lour.) Spreng. The adults and the male and female genital structures of both species are described and illustrated. The presence of a fully developed 1st instar larva in the female abdomen of Deltophora phyllanthicella is recorded as the first such case in Gelechiidae.

 


Keywords


Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae, Deltophora, Phyllanthus, obligate mutualism, new species, China

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