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Glyphipterix tungella
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Scientific classification
  • Glyphipterix asteronota Meyrick, 1880
  • Glyphipterix plagigera Philpott, 1916

Glyphipterix tungella is a species of sedge moth in the genus Glyphipterix. It is endemic to New Zealand.


G. tungella was first described by Cajetan Felder, Rudolf Felder and Alois Friedrich Rogenhofer in 1875. Meyrick also described the species in 1880 under the name Glyphipterix asteronota. Philpott did the same in 1916 under the name Glyphipterix plagigera. These latter two names were synonymised by John Dugdale in 1988.


This species has a forewing length of between 3.5mm and 5mm.

Distribution and habitat

This day flying moth is common throughout New Zealand where it can be seen during the months of October to January. It prefers sheltered shrub or grassy areas and forest clearings.

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