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Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2016, Metamorphosis Volume 27 Articles: 23 - 30
Publication Date : 2016-05-30
Author/s : Julian L. Bayliss, Steve C. Collins and T. Colin E. Congdon

Title :

A new species of Iolaus Hübner, [1819] subgenus Epamera Druce, 1891 (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Theclinae) from Mts Namuli and Mabu, Northern Mozambique

Abstract :

This paper describes a new species of Iolaus (Epamera) from two mountains in northern Mozambique - Mts Namuli and Mabu - with life history notes on its early stages, habits, and habitat. The species was collected on the forest edge at Mt. Namuli and close to the summit on Mt. Mabu over the course of several biological expeditions to survey the high altitude mountains of northern Mozambique, which also resulted in the discovery of many other species. It belongs in the ‘pollux’ group, associated with montane forests, and which have an unusual larval form, although it is closest to Iolaus (Epamera) helenae.  The larvae of the new species of Iolaus described in this paper feed on a species of Loranthaceae.  It is, however, easily distinguished from I. (E.) helenae by the colour of the distal stripes and subbasal spot. The status of Iolaus (Epamera) nolaensis amanica and Iolaus (Epamera) silanus alticola are also revised, as is the taxonomic key to the pollux subgroup which is amended accordingly to describe 7 species in total, as opposed to the previous 4 species.

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Keywords:

 Iolaus, Epamera, pollux subgroup, Loranthaceae

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