Singularia brechlini Kovtunovich & Ustjuzhanin

Kovtunovich, Vasiliy, Ustjuzhanin, Peter, Marquez, Mildred & Ustjuzhanina, Anna, 2016, Five new species of the genus Singularia Arenberger, 1988 (Lepidoptera, Pterophoridae), European Journal of Taxonomy 247, pp. 1-11: 2-4

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Singularia brechlini Kovtunovich & Ustjuzhanin

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Singularia brechlini Kovtunovich & Ustjuzhanin   sp. nov.

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The male genitalia of Singularia brechlini Kovtunovich & Ustjuzhanin   sp. nov. resemble those of S. carabayus   , but differ from them by rodlike anellus arms, which are wider and shorter in S. carabayus   . The female genitalia of the new species are similar to those of S. alternaria   in the shape of the antrum and signum, but differ by the shorter and more narrow antrum, and the wider signum.


The species is named after the prominent German entomologist Dr. Ronald Brechlin, specialist in Saturniidae   and Sphingidae   , organizer and member of the expeditions during which this species was collected.

Material examined


COLOMBIA: Ƌ, adult, Valle del Cauca, Res. Forest La Albania , 3°57′ N, 76°23′ W, 1640 m, 2–5 Nov. 2013, V. Synjaev & M. Márquez leg. ( ZISP 1836 View Materials ). GoogleMaps  


COLOMBIA: 1 Ƌ same data as holotype, V. Synjaev & M. Márquez leg. ( BMNH 22768); 1 Ƌ, 2 ♀♀, Boyacá, Vereda Suralá, 5°04′ N, 73°39′ W, 2750 m, 12 Nov. 2013, V. Synjaev & M. Márquez leg. ( ZISP 1837, CUK); 5 ƋƋ, Tolima Nevado, El Rancho, 04°36′ N, 75°20′ W, 2710 m, 2–7 Apr. 2014, V. Synjaev, M. Márquez & J. Machado leg. ( CUK); 1 Ƌ, Tolima Vereda El Campanario, 04°26′ N, 75°34′ W, 3600 m, 29–31 Mar. 2014, V. Synjaev, M. Márquez & J. Machado leg. ( CUK).

ECUADOR: 3 ƋƋ, Carchi road Tulcan – El Chical, 0°48′ N, 78°00′ W, 3400 m, 12–13 Feb. 2013, V. Synjaev & O. Romanov leg. ( BMNH 22769, ZMHB 201603, ZMHB 201604); 7 ƋƋ, Napo Prov., Papallacta, Rio San Pedro, 0°22′ S, 78°07′ W, 10 m, 18 Jan. 2012, R. Brechlin & V. Synjaev leg. ( CUK 248, BMNH 22770, CUK); 2 ƋƋ, Napo Prov., Rio Papallacta, 0°26′ S, 77°58′ W, 2125 m, 7 Nov. 2011, R. Brechlin & V. Synjaev leg. ( CUK); 1 Ƌ, Carchi Prov., El Angel Ecological Reserve, 0°46′ N, 78°03′ W, 2786 m, 9–11 Nov. 2012, R. Brechlin & V. Synjaev leg. ( CUK).


EXTERNAL CHARACTERS. Wingspan of holotype 19 mm and paratypes 19–23 mm. Head covered with grey setae, thorax brown with pale longitudinal stripes. Labial palps short, straight, pointed at tip, half eye diameter. Fore wings with spotted pattern. Portions of pale spots traced on brown-grey background at

wing base, in central part and at cleft base. Fringe inside cleft dark grey, noticeably lightened only at base. Hind wings and fringe unicolorous ash-grey. Legs mottled brown with lightened portions.

MALE GENITALIA. Valves symmetric, strongly widened in middle part and narrowed in apical part. Small finger-like processes in basal part of both valves. Anellus arms rod-like, slightly widened at apices. Saccus wide, horseshoe-like. Uncus narrow, long, strongly tapered and bent at apex. Phallus thin, slightly concave, equal to uncus in length.

FEMALE GENITALIA. Papillae anales oval. Apophyses posteriores thin, long. Apophyses anteriores not developed. Antrum short, in shape of narrow funnel. Ductus bursae narrow and long, poorly sclerotized. Bursa copulatrix round, signum fusiform.


Ecuador, Colombia.

Flight period

January, April, March, November.


Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences