A new Automerella from southeastern Brazil (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae: Hemileucinae).

C. Lemaire, C. G. C. Mielke


Automerella miersi Lemaire & C. Mielke, n. sp., is described from the state of Santa Catarina in southeastern Brazil. It is known only from the female which differs from its closest relative, Automerella flexuosa (R. Felder and Rogenhofer) by its much smaller size and the hypertrophy of the discal spot of the forewing. The female holotype is illustrated in color, female genitalia are figured and taxonomic relationship is discussed.

Automerella miersi Lemaire et C. Mielke sp. n. est décrit de 1'état de Santa Catarina au sud-est du Brésil. La femelle, seule connue, diffère de celle de 1'espèce la plus proche, Automerella flexuosa (R. Felder et Rogenhofer) par sa taille très inférieure et par 1'hypertrophie de la tache discocellulaire des ailes antérieures. L'holotype femelle est illustré en couleurs et 1'armure génitale femelle est figurée; la position taxonomique de 1'espèce nouvelle est indiquée.


Argentina; Automerella miersi n. sp.; Automeris; distribution; genitalia; Hyperchiria; Molippa; Neotropical; South America; taxonomy

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