Eudonia linealis (Walker, 1866)
Crambid snout moth
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Scoparia linealis Walker, 1866 (protonym)
Originally placed in the genus Scoparia, it was transferred to Eudonia by (Dugdale, 1988). Some concern over the taxonomic validity of the species has been raised (Wikipedia). But it has been treated as a valid species by recent authors (e.g. Patrick & Dugdale, 2000; Hoare et al., 2017).
Missing if valid
Last record: 1866 or before
"the species has remained unrecognised since its original description."
(Patrick & Dugdale, 2000:22)
There are no observations of the species on iNaturalist.
Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
Biology & Ecology
The type specimen is in the BMNH (Dugdale, 1988:156), contra (Patrick & Dugdale, 2000:22): "The Type specimen is missing, and the species has remained unrecognised since its original description."
Original scientific description:
Walker, Francis. (1866). Supplement, part 4. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum 34: 1121-1533.
Dugdale, John S. (1988). Lepidoptera - annotated catalogue, and keys to family-group taxa. Fauna of New Zealand 14. 264 pp. https://doi.org/10.7931/J2/FNZ.14
Hoare, Robert J. B., Dugdale, John S., Edwards, E. D., Gibbs, G. W., Patrick, Brian H., Hitchmough, R. A. and Rolfe, J. R. (2017). Conservation status of New Zealand butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), 2015. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 20. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 13 pp.
Patrick, Brian H. and Dugdale, John S. (2000). Conservation status of New Zealand Lepidoptera. Science for conservation 136. 34 pp.