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'Species' from two different butterfly genera combined into one : Description of a new genus of Euptychiina (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) with unusually variable wing pattern

Author:
  • André Victor Lucci Freitas
  • Eduardo Proença Barbosa
  • Keith Richard Willmott
  • Niklas Wahlberg
  • Gerardo Lamas
Publishing year: 2016-04-01
Language: English
Pages: 157-165
Publication/Series: Revista Brasileira de Entomologia
Volume: 60
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Entomologia

Abstract english

Sepona Freitas and Barbosa, gen. nov. is proposed for the Neotropical satyrine butterfly species Euptychia punctata Weymer, 1911 and its junior subjective synonyms Euptychia griseola Weymer, 1911 and Taygetis indecisa Ribeiro, 1931. The new genus has a distinctive wing pattern and shape of the valvae in the male genitalia, the latter being a unique autapomorphy within the subtribe Euptychiina. Based on molecular data, this genus is not sister to any other single euptychiine genus, instead appearing as the sister to all remaining genera in the Taygetis clade. The present paper illustrates the complexity of the taxonomy of Euptychiina, and the importance of using different sources of evidence in taxonomic studies.

Keywords

  • Zoology
  • Harjesia
  • Integrative taxonomy
  • Pseudodebis
  • Satyrini
  • Yphthimoides

Other

Published
  • ISSN: 0085-5626
Professor Niklas Wahlberg at the unit of Biodiversity, Lund University.
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