Two new species of Clito from South America and a revision of the Clito littera group (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Pyrginae)

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Abstract

Two new species of Clito from the C. littera group are described: C. palotschka, sp. nov. from the Chocó region in Ecuador is the most distinctive in the group, and C. litteroides, sp. nov. from Venezuela is superficially more similar to C. littera differing mostly in the shape of male genitalic valvae. Comparative analyses of male genitalia and wing patterns suggest that C. anda Evans, 1953, new status; and C. nebulosa (Draudt, 1924), reinstated status are species-level taxa. A lectotype for Telemiades littera Mabille, 1877 is designated to ensure nomenclatural stability. Primary type specimens of all seven species in the C. littera group are illustrated with photographs, and an identification key to males is given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-248
Number of pages18
JournalZootaxa
Volume3861
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2014

Keywords

  • Cryptic species
  • Field marks
  • Neotropical
  • Skipper butterfly
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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