A new genus and five new species of Central and South American Hemileucinae (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae).

C. Lemaire

Abstract


All the following new taxa have in common that they are inhabitants of the cordilleras in Central and South America, at elevations from 2000-4600m. Arias n. gen., A. inbio n. sp., is a day flier, while 4 other new species are nocturnal. Three of these belong to the genus Meroleuca and one to the genus Periphoba. Adults of the five species are illustrated in color; their genitalia are figured, their known range is indicated, and their phylogenetic relationships are discussed.

Les taxa décrits ci-dessous ont pour caractère commun d'habiter les cordillères centro et sud-americaines a des altitudes comprises entre 2000-4600m. Arias n. gen., inbio n. sp., est diurne, les quatre autres espèces sont nocturnes, trois de celles-ci appartiennent au genre Meroleuca, la quatrieme est un Periphoba. Les adultes sont illustrés en couleur, les armures genitales figurées, la repartition geographique est indiquée et la position taxonomique précisée.


Keywords


Andes; Arias inbio n sp; Catasticta; Catharisa; Central America; Colombia; Costa Rica; distribution; Eubergioides; Hemileuca; Meroleuca (Meroleuca) decaensi n sp; Meroleuca (Meroleuca) mossi n sp; Meroleuca (Meroleucoides) fassli n sp; Mesoamerica; Neotropical; Periphoba ockendeni n sp; Peru; Pieridae; South America; taxonomy

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