A distinctive new species of cloud forest Euptychiina (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) from Ecuador and Peru
Keywords:inventory, Andes, species description, taxonomy
A new species of Euptychiina, Erichthodes eremita Lamas, Willmott & Radford, n. sp., is described and illustrated. DNA sequence data suggest that the new species is sister to a species currently placed in Erichthodes Forster, 1964, although ongoing revision of the generic taxonomy of the subtribe might result in the reclassification of both of these species in future. The new species is known from the eastern Andes of southern Ecuador and adjacent northern Peru, where it is a rare inhabitant of stunted, ‘elfin’ cloudforest confined to ridge and mountain tops.