n Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History - On the identity of Azygophleps asylas (Cramer, 1779 [1777]) in southern Africa and descriptions of related species (Lepidoptera: Cossidae)

Volume 8 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2220-4563


The taxonomic position of Azygophleps albovittata Bethune-Baker, 1908 and Azygophleps asylas (Cramer, [1777]) is clarified, and a neotype is designated for the latter species. Azygophleps canadensis (Herrich-Schäffer, 1850–1858 [1854]) stat.nov. is removed from the synonymy of A. asylas and reinstated as a valid species.The specific name is the result of a confusion of localities.Related species, A. junkeri Yakovlev & Witt, 2017, A. sponda (Wallengren, 1875), and A. thoracostrigalis spec. nov., are described below. The male genitalia of the discussed species and the adult moths are illustrated. The female genitalia of A. asylas are described for the first time. The following taxonomic changes are proposed: Azygophleps godswindow Yakovlev & Saltaides, 2011 (syn. nov.) is conspecific with A. canadensis, and A. defreinai Yakovlev & Witt, 2017 (syn. nov.) is conspecific with Azygophleps sponda. The year of publication of A. asylas was found to be 1777 instead of 1779.

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