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The Alucitidae (Lepidoptera) of Malawi with descriptions of five new species



An overview of Alucitidae species from Malawi is presented, with 20 species reported. Five of them are described as new for science: Alucita nyasa Ustjuzhanin & Kovtunovich sp. nov., Alucita aarviki Ustjuzhanin & Kovtunovich sp. nov., Alucita malawica Ustjuzhanin & Kovtunovich sp. nov., Alucita murphy Ustjuzhanin & Kovtunovich sp. nov. and Alucita sochivkoi Ustjuzhanin & Kovtunovich sp. nov. Four new synonyms are established. The following species are considered synonyms of Alucita seychellensis (T.B.Fletcher, 1910): Alucita granata (Meyrick, 1921) syn. nov., and Alucita imbrifera (Meyrick, 1929) syn. nov. Alucita myriodesma (Meyrick, 1929) is considered a junior synonym of Alucita ectomesa (Hering, 1917) syn. nov., and Alucita isodina (Meyrick, 1920) a synonym of Alucita spicifera (Meyrick, 1911) syn. nov. All the Alucitidae species are reported for the Malawian fauna for the first time.



Lepidoptera, Alucitidae, Malawi, new species, new synonyms, new records

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Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand
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