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Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2012, Metamorphosis Volume 23: 8 - 15
Publication Date : 2013-03-14
Author/s : Torben B. Larsen and Steve C. Collins

Title :

Kobelana: a new genus for two South African skippers currently placed in Calleagris Aurivillius (as C. kobela Aurivillius, 1925 and C. krooni Vári, 1974) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Pyrginae: Tagiadini)

Abstract :

Two species, currently placed as Calleagris kobela (Trimen, 1864) and C. krooni Vári, 1974, are removed to the new genus Kobelana (Lepidoptera; Hesperiidae; Pyrginae; Tagiadini) on the basis of differences in external features and especially in the structurally different male genitalia. Evans (1937) included five species in the genus CalleagrisC. krooni being described at a later date. The four species remaining in Calleagris have very different colour patterns but are united by distinctive, homologous genitalia. Kobelana is endemic to South Africa and does not overlap with any of the four Calleagris, one or more of which are found throughout tropical Africa except in the driest habitats.

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Keywords:

Afrotropical Hesperiidae, male genitalia in genus classification, Calleagris distributions, C. jamesoni, C. lacteus, C. hollandi, C. landbecki, genitalia illustrations

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