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Stigmella maoriella
Scientific classification
S. maoriella
Binomial name
Stigmella maoriella
(Walker, 1864)
  • Tinea maoriella Walker, 1864
  • Nepticula maoriella (Walker, 1864)

Stigmella maoriella is a species of moth in the family Nepticulidae. It is endemic to New Zealand. It is classified as Not Threatened by the Department of Conservation.


This species was described by Francis Walker in 1864 and named Tinea maoriella using a specimen collected by Lt-Colonel Daniel Bolton. In 1988 John S. Dugdale assigned the species to the genus Stigmella. The lectotype specimen is held at the Natural History Museum, London.


Walker described the species as follows:

Female. Cinereous, shining. Head white. Palpi very short. Fore wings rounded at the tips, with a short transverse dark cinereous line near the base, and with two dark cinereous bands, each of which contains a black point ; space along the exterior border with black speckles. Length of the body 1 line ; of the wings 2+12 lines.


This species is endemic to New Zealand. It is found from Auckland to Hawke's Bay.

It can be differentiated from its close relatives S. ogygia and S. hakekeae as S. maoriella lacks the large cornutus on the aedeagus of the male of the species. S. maoriella is also larger than S. ilsea.

Habitat and host species

The larvae of this species feed on Olearia species.

Conservation Status

This species has been classified as being "Not Threatened" under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.

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