Polymixis serpentina minoica
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Greece, Crete slide Nos: ♂♂ OP1283m, OP1345m, ♀♀ OP1284f, OP1340f, OP1346f.
(Figs 21, 22). The genitalia of this taxon were not described in the original description. It was stated that there were no differences between the two subspecies. There are, however, some recognisable differences between the structure of the genitalia of the Cretan and the other populations of Polymixis serpentina. The ground plan of the male genitalia of Polymixis serpentina minoica and the nominotypical subspecies is the same, but the shape of the juxta is different and all parts of the posterior half of valvae are more massive, being more intensively sclerotized. The posterior extension of juxta is similar to that of Polymixis serpentina serpentina, but its lateral arms are more elongated, slightly curved, and significantly more divergent from the basal plate. The valvae are wider, and the costa, triangular basal plate, and its extension, appear rough and massive due to their stronger sclerotization; Polymixis serpentina serpentina has narrower valvae with all parts of their distal sections being finer and thinner.
(Figs 37–39). The copulatory organ of ssp. minoica differ from those of the ssp. serpentina in the on average shallower concavity on the posterior margin of antrum.
- Pekarsky, O; 2012: Taxonomic overview of Polymixis serpentina (Treitschke, 1825) species-group, with the description of a new species (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Xyleninae) ZooKeys, 201: 15-26. doi