Report of the Genus Rhodobates (Lepidoptera, Tineidae) New to Korea

  • Sohn, Jae-Cheon (Department of Science Education, Gongju National University of Education)
  • Received : 2022.01.07
  • Accepted : 2022.05.02
  • Published : 2022.07.31


A tineid genus, Rhodobates Ragonot, 1895 in Myrmecozelinae is reported for the first time from Korea, with a congener, R. cupulatus Li and Xiao, 2006. The voucher specimens of the species comprise four males and four females collected from Seoul City, Sejong City, Gangwon-do, Chungcheongbuk-do, and Chungcheongnam-do. Among the previously-known species of Tineidae in Korea, Rhodobates cupulatus is similar to Psychoides gosari Kim and Bae in having the uniform coloration over the body and wings, but differs from the latter in the much larger body size. External appearance and genital features of R. cupulatus are redescribed and illustrated. A COI sequence of R. cupulatus is provided for the first time and compared in the world database of DNA barcodes. The Korean records of the species represent the first evidence of its occurrence out of the type locality. Circumstances of its collecting in Korea suggest that it is possibly feeding on dead woods in damp environments.



This work was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Biological Resources(NIBR), funded by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) of the Republic of Korea (NIBR202102204).


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