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Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2014, Metamorphosis Volume 25: 60 - 76
Publication Date : 2014-08-15
Author/s : Torben B. Larsen and Steve C. Collins

Title :

Some new and interesting African Hesperiidae – the fifth ABRI research paper

Abstract :

Taxonomic changes are made in the hesperiid subfamilies Pyrginae and Hesperiinae. Abantis leucogaster rotundala is described as a new subspecies. Abantis leucogaster iruma is raised to species rank. Abantis ituri is described as a new species from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), sympatric with the related A. lucretia. Gorgyra kasungo is described as a new submontane species from the Kivu Mountains in the DRC. The poorly known G. vosseleri from Tanzania is illustrated and re-described in comparison with G. subfacatus, of which it was placed as a subspecies by Evans. The new Ceratrichia manengouba is described from the submontane zone of Cameroun, related to C. lewisi from the submontane Obudu Plateau in Nigeria. Gretna dargei is described as new from Cameroun and Liberia and compared with the other members of the Gretna waga-group. G. leakeyi is illustrated in colour and with a genitalia scan for the first time. Finally, Caenides lukolela, allied to both C. dacela and C. soritia, is described as a new species from a single specimen from the Equateur Province of the DRC. The male genitalia of all the new taxa are illustrated by scans and compared with their closest relatives.

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Keywords:

African butterflies, Lepidoptera, Hesperiidae, Pyrginae, Tagiadini, Hesperiinae, Baorini, Abantis leucogaster rotundala ssp. nov., Abantis iruma stat. rev., Abantis ituri sp. nov

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