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

C. Lemaire


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.


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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