A distinctive new species of cloud forest Euptychiina (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) from Ecuador and Peru

  • Keith R. Willmott McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • Gerardo Lamas
  • James T. Radford Cambridge, UK
  • Mario A. Marín
  • Shinichi Nakahara McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • Marianne Espeland
  • Lei Xiao
  • Jason P. W. Hall
Keywords: inventory, Andes, species description, taxonomy

Abstract

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.

Published
2018-07-13
Section
Articles