Tergissima and Femniterga, New Sister Genera of Calycopis Scudder and Calystryma Field from the South Central Andes (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)

Kurt Johnson


Tergissima and Femniterga, new genera, are described from hitherto seldom sampled localities of 500-1700m. altitude in Salta, Jujuy and Tucuman provinces, Argentina. The new genera are allied to New World Calycopis and Netropical Calystryma, but differ from the generic characters of these in having extreme terminoventrad development of the incised posterior cavity of the eighth abdominal tergite (Tergissima males, Femniterga, males and females), distinctive genitalic characters and forewing markings on males suggestive of secondary sexual brands. Morphology of the four genera is compared in detail. Four new species are described: T. mosconiensis, T. macphersoni, F. notastanea and F. jundae, three of which are also distributed northward into eastern Bolivia.

Full Text: