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 2018, Metamorphosis Volume 29 Articles
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Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2018, Metamorphosis Volume 29 Articles: 137 - 143
Publication Date : 2018-12-21
Author/s : Timm Karisch, Katja Kramp and Rosalie Peters
Title :

Notes on the genus Chrysodeixis Hübner, [1821] on St Helena Island (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae).


Abstract :

Until now, only a single species of Chrysodeixis has been reported from St Helena Island: Chrysodeixis dalei (Wollaston, 1879). The authors were able to confirm the existence of three species of the genus on the island: Chrysodeixis acuta, C. chalcites and C. includens. The barcoding of the moths and the examination of the genitalia structure have shown that Plusia dalei Wollaston, 1879 syn. nov., is not an endemic species, but a synonym of the American Chrysodeixis includens (Walker, 1858).


Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2018, Metamorphosis Volume 29 Articles: 132 - 136
Publication Date : 2018-12-19
Author/s : Julian L. Bayliss, T. Colin E. Congdon and Steve C. Collins
Title :

A new subspecies of Papilio (Princeps) pelodurus Butler, 1896 (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae: Papilioninae) from several mountains in northern Mozambique


Abstract :

A new subspecies of Papilio pelodurus Butler, 1896 is described that was collected from two mountains in Zambezia Province, northern Mozambique, over the course of several years, between 2007 and 2012. The specimens collected show distinct differences from the nominotypical species from Malawi and provide sufficient morphological evidence to merit the description of a new subspecies. The specimens collected are also the first records of this species from Mozambique and therefore add another species to the country list.


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2018, Metamorphosis Volume 29 Articles: 126 - 131
Publication Date : 2018-12-15
Author/s : Szabolcs Sáfián
Title :

Junonia agnesberenyiae sp. nov. (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Nymphalinae) from the Nimba Mountains (Guinea), West Africa


Abstract :

A new taxon of Junonia near ansorgei was collected by the author during a butterfly survey in the Nimba Mountains, Guinea in 2017. Careful comparison with a series of J. ansorgei from various localities throughout its distribution, including examination of the COI gene of both taxa revealed that the two are not conspecific and the new species is described as Junonia agnesberenyiae sp.nov. J. agnesberenyiae inhabits the montane slope and gallery forests of the Nimba Mountains above 1500 m (asl.) and is probably endemic to the montane zone of the Guinea Highlands and thus the new species is of conservation concern.


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2018, Metamorphosis Volume 29 Articles: 118 - 125
Publication Date : 2018-12-14
Author/s : Michel Libert & Steve C. Collins
Title :

Three new species of Liptena Westwood, [1851] (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Poritiinae)


Abstract :

Three new species of Liptena are described, L. biokoensis sp. nov. from the island of Bioko (Equatorial Guinea), L. bakassi sp. nov. from western Cameroon and L. demerodei sp. nov. from north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo; subspecies oniens Talbot is synonymised with the nominate L. flavicans (Grose-Smith & Kirby) (syn. nov.), and subspecies aequatorialis Stempffer of L. flavicans is synonymised with subspecies praeusta Schultze (syn. nov.); finally, L. priscilla Larsen is shown to be a subspecies of L. boei Libert (stat. rev.).


Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2018, Metamorphosis Volume 29 Articles: 92 - 117
Publication Date : 2018-11-29
Author/s : Alan Heath, Zofia A. Kaliszewska and Ernest L. Pringle
Title :

An overview of the biology of the Afrotropical butterfly genus Crudaria Wallengren, 1875 (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Aphnaeinae), including some new observations


Abstract :

An overview of the biology of the lepidopteran genus Crudaria is presented, including detailed notes on, and illustrations of, the morphology and life history of the constituent species. Aphytophagy is recorded for the first time in one of the three currently recognized species and it is inferred to probably also occur in a second. Oviposition on Asteraceae is recorded for the first time for the genus. A diversity of biological characteristics within the genus are highlighted and their potential taxonomic significance is discussed. Both C. capensis and C. wykehami are confirmed as good species and we find their morphological characters to be reasonably stable. Although small regional differences were found in the male genitalia of C. leroma, they were found to be unreliable as primary taxonomic characters.     Maximum likelihood and Bayesian consensus trees of Crudaria based on mitochondrial DNA show C. leroma as two separate clades - east and west. A further molecular study, using additional genes and more material, is needed to refine the phylogeny inferred here and before any taxonomic changes are made. In addition, formal designation of a leroma type is recommended in order to relate to one or other of the groups of C. leroma sensu lato.


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