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Vitaly M Spitsyn, Ivan N Bolotov
Herein Barsine podbolotskayae sp. n. (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae) is described from Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Archipelago, Indonesia. This local endemic species externally resembles Barsine exclusa Butler, 1877 from Sundaland and the Andaman Islands but differs by marking patterns and male genitalia structure.
2018: ZooKeys
Anton V Volynkin, Vladimir V Dubatolov, Yasunori Kishida
Miltochrista Hübner, [1819] is one of largest genera of lichen-moths (family Erebidae, subfamily Arctiinae, tribe Lithosiini) including more than 160 valid species, widely distributed in Oriental and Palearctic Regions. For a long time, the genus was treated in a wide sense. Holloway (2001) treated Miltochrista as a small group of species close to the type species of the genus Noctua rubicunda [Denis Schiffermüller], 1775 (a junior synonym of Miltochrista miniata (J.R. Forster, 1771)), whereas the majority of other Palaearctic and Oriental Miltochrista-like species was assigned to the genera Lyclene Moore in Horsfield Moore, [1860] and Barsine Walker, 1854...
March 12, 2018: Zootaxa
Anton V Volynkin, Vladimir V Dubatolov, Yasunori Kishida
The type species of the genus Planovalvata Dubatolov Kishida, 2012, previously incorrectly identified as Eugoa roseivena Hampson, 1894, is described as new: Planovalvata confusa Volynkin, Dubatolov Kishida, sp. nov. Taxonomic placement of the genera Planovalvata and Pseudomiltochrista Dubatolov Bucsek, 2016 is clarified. The combination is revised: Stigmatophora roseivena (Hampson, 1894), comb. rev. Pseudomiltochrista is synonymized with Stigmatophora and downgraded to a subgenus level. One new combination is established: Stigmatophora (Pseudomiltochrista) zolotuhini (Dubatolov Bucsek, 2016), comb...
March 12, 2018: Zootaxa
Anton V Volynkin, Karel ČernÝ
The new genus Nebulene Volynkin Černý, gen. nov. is described for Setina nebulosa Moore, 1878. The new genus belongs to the Asura / Miltochrista generic complex and is related to Barsura Volynkin, Dubatolov Kishida, 2017, Barsine Walker, 1854 and Miltochrista Hübner, [1819]. A new species, Nebulene monocornuta Volynkin Černý, sp. nov. is described from Thailand and Vietnam. A lectotype is designated for Setina nebulosa Moore, 1878. Adults, male and female genitalia of both Nebulene species and representatives of the related genera are illustrated...
March 13, 2018: Zootaxa
Anton V Volynkin
The genus Barsura Volynkin, Dubatolov Kishida, 2017 belongs to the tribe Lithosiini, subfamily Arctiinae, family Erebidae, and was recently erected for Barsine nubifascia Walker, [1865] and its allies (Volynkin et al. 2017). At present the genus includes ten valid species distributed in Himalaya (Pakistan, Nepal, northern and northeastern India, Bhutan), China and North Vietnam (Volynkin et al. 2017; Volynkin 2017). During studies of extensive Lithosiini materials deposited in Museum Witt / Zoologische Staatssammlung, München (Munich, Germany), I found a short series of one more, yet undescribed species from the Chinese province Sichuan...
March 22, 2018: Zootaxa
Anton V Volynkin, Karel ČernÝ
The Barsine zebrina species-complex is revised. Three new species, Barsine subzebrina Volynkin Černý, sp. nov. (Nepal, NE India, N Myanmar), Barsine bucseki Volynkin Černý, sp. nov. (Malay Peninsula) and Barsine navneetsinghi Volynkin Černý, sp. nov. (NE India and N Myanmar) are described. A new combination is established: Barsine zebrina (Moore, 1878), comb. nov. Adult, male and female genitalia are illustrated.
March 28, 2018: Zootaxa
Ulziijargal Bayarsaikhan, Karol Bucsek, Yang-Seop Bae
Eugoa Walker (Arctiinae, Lithosiini) from Cambodia is reviewed. The genus counts with 20 species in this country, including Eugoa arguta Bayarsaikhan Bae, n. sp., and three newly recorded species, E. vasta van Eecke, 1920, rest. comb., E. formosicola (Matsumura, 1927), n. st. and E. kuznetzovi Dubatolov Bucsek, 2016. Besides our revalidation of Eugoa bipunctata formosicola as a valid species, it was also discovered to have a synonym: E. cesaneki Bucsek, 2008 n. syn. Moreover, females of E. lucea Bucsek, 2012, E...
April 5, 2018: Zootaxa
Rahul Joshi, Navneet Singh, Jagbir Singh
A new species: Katha volynkini Joshi Singh, sp. nov. is described from Mizoram Meghalaya (North East India). A checklist of Katha species from the World with a taxonomic key to the Oriental species is provided. A new combination, Katha suffusa (Leech), comb. nov. is established, and L. chekiangica Daniel, is synonymized under K. suffusa.
April 11, 2018: Zootaxa
Vladimir V Dubatolov, Anton V Volynkin, Yasunori Kishida
The Prabhasa Moore, 1878 genus-group is reviewed. The male and female genitalia of Prabhasa venosa Moore, 1878, the type species of the genus, are described and illustrated for the first time. Two new genera, Macohasa Dubatolov, Volynkin Kishida, gen. nov. and Chinasa Dubatolov, Volynkin Kishida, gen. nov. and two new species, Macohasa cernyi Dubatolov, Volynkin Kishida, sp. nov. and Chinasa sapa Dubatolov, Volynkin Kishida, sp. nov. are described for Prabhasa venosa sensu authors. Seven new combinations are established: Zadadra plumbeomicans (Hampson, 1894), comb...
April 11, 2018: Zootaxa
LÍvia R Pinheiro, Elias C Araujo Junior
Taxonomic notes and the description of a new species of Episcepsis are provided. The synonymization of Episcepsis aelia Schaus, 1889, from Mexico, under E. venata Butler, 1877, from the Brazilian Amazons, is revised. Genital morphology of males and females has shown the validity of E. aelia revis. stat. Additionally, the discovery of specimens from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest externally indistinguishable from both E. venata and E. aelia has led to the description of E. atlantica sp. nov. Finally, the following new combinations in Episcepsis are proposed: E...
December 17, 2017: Zootaxa
Vitaly M Spitsyn, Alexander V Kondakov, Nikita I Bolotov, Nhi Thi Pham, Mikhail Y Gofarov, Ivan N Bolotov
Populations of widespread pest insects in tropical areas are characterized by a complex evolutionary history, with overlapping natural and human-mediated dispersal events, sudden expansions, and bottlenecks. Here, we provide biogeographic reconstructions for two widespread pest species in the tiger moth genus Creatonotos (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae) based on the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene. The Asian Creatonotos transiens reveals shallow genetic divergence between distant populations that does not support its current intraspecific systematics with several local subspecies...
2018: PloS One
H M Beccacece, G San Blas, M E Drewniak, M J Barrionuevo, E R Krauczuk, A E Chalup, A I Zapata
A taxonomical rearrangement of "Aemilia" pagana species-group is proposed: Leucanopsis pagana (Schaus in Proc Zool Soc London 1894:225-243, 1894) comb. nov. and L. ninae (Orfila in Rev Soc Entomol Argent 21:67-70, 1959) comb. nov. A new endemic species from Pampa de Achala, Córdoba, Argentina, closer to both species, is described: Leucanopsis navarroi sp. nov. These three species can be recognized because the color pattern is the darkest among species of Leucanopsis. Characteristics of male genitalia suggest the nomenclatural rearrangement proposed...
February 15, 2018: Neotropical Entomology
Ming-Long Yuan, Qi-Lin Zhang, Li Zhang, Cheng-Lin Jia, Xiao-Peng Li, Xing-Zhuo Yang, Run-Qiu Feng
Grassland caterpillars (Lepidoptera: Lymantriinae: Gynaephora) are the most important pests in alpine meadows of the Tibetan Plateau (TP) and have well adapted to high-altitude environments. To further understand the evolutionary history and their adaptation to the TP, we newly determined seven complete TP Gynaephora mitogenomes. Compared to single genes, whole mitogenomes provided the best phylogenetic signals and obtained robust results, supporting the monophyly of the TP Gynaephora species and a phylogeny of Arctiinae + (Aganainae + Lymantriinae)...
May 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Clare H Scott Chialvo, Pablo Chialvo, Jeffrey D Holland, Timothy J Anderson, Jesse W Breinholt, Akito Y Kawahara, Xin Zhou, Shanlin Liu, Jennifer M Zaspel
Host species utilize a variety of defenses to deter feeding, including secondary chemicals. Some phytophagous insects have evolved tolerance to these chemical defenses, and can sequester secondary defense compounds for use against their own predators and parasitoids. While numerous studies have examined plant-insect interactions, little is known about lichen-insect interactions. Our study focused on reconstructing the evolution of lichen phenolic sequestration in the tiger moth tribe Lithosiini (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae), the most diverse lineage of lichen-feeding moths, with 3000 described species...
April 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Anton V Volynkin
The Asura / Miltochrista generic complex (family Erebidae, subfamily Arctiinae, tribe Lithosiini) is one of the largest and taxonomically most difficult Lithosiini groups widely distributed in Afrotropical, Palaearctic, Oriental, and Indo-Australian regions. In Africa, the generic complex is represented by the genera Tumicla Wallengren, 1863 (= Asuroides Durante, 2008, syn. rev.), Afrasura Durante, 2009, Parafrasura Durante, 2012 and Palaeugoa Durante, 2012. The genus Palaeugoa was erected as monobasic for Xanthetis spurrelli Hampson, 1914 described from Ghana (Durante 2012)...
November 23, 2017: Zootaxa
Vladimir V Dubatolov
Two new species, Pericaliella popoudinae Dubatolov, sp. nov. from Rwanda, and Monstruncusarctia anikini Dubatolov, sp. nov. from Uganda are described in comparison with related species, Pericaliella melanodisca (Hampson, 1907) from Uganda, and Monstruncusarctia aurantiaca (Holland, 1893) from Gabon and West Africa. Habitus and male genitalia are illustrated.
November 24, 2017: Zootaxa
Vladimir V Dubatolov, Anton V Volynkin
Type species of three poorly known Arctiinae genera, Paraplastis Hampson, 1901, Migoplastis Felder, 1868 and Dondera Moore, 1877 are examined. All three taxa are transferred here from the subtribe Arctiina to the subtribe Nyctemerina of the tribe Arctiini. Paraplastis and Migoplastis (= Pachyphilonia Butler) are synonymized with the subgenus Deilemera Hübner, [1820] of the genus Nyctemera Hübner, [1820]. Dondera is synonymized with the subgenus Arctata Roepke, 1949 of the genus Nyctemera, and recognized as the older name for the subgenus...
November 29, 2017: Zootaxa
Anton V Volynkin, Karel Černý
The Barsine cardinalis-anomala 'species-complex' is revised. Five new species (B. pseudocardinalis Volynkin & Černý, sp. nov. from Indochina, B. fansipana Volynkin & Černý, sp. nov. from North Vietnam, B. nangkwak Volynkin & Černý, sp. nov. from North Thailand, B. incompletostriga Volynkin & Černý, sp. nov. from North-East India and B. rawanga Volynkin & Černý, sp. nov. from North Burma) and one new subspecies (B. cardinalis gemina Volynkin & Černý, ssp. nov. from North Thailand) are described...
November 30, 2017: Zootaxa
Anton V Volynkin, Karel Černý, Vladimir V Dubatolov
A new species of the genus Cyana Walker, 1854, C. aurantifascia Volynkin, Černý & Dubatolov, sp. nov. is described from Vietnam. The Cyana dohertyi and Cyana phaedra species-groups are established. The new species belongs to the C. dohertyi species-group. Diagnostic comparisons are made with species of similar habitus belonging to the same and to other species-group. Adults, male and female genitalia of the new and related species are illustrated.
May 23, 2017: Zootaxa
Hernán Mario Beccacece, Adriana Inés Zapata
Arctiini (Lepidoptera, Erebidae, Arctiinae) is the most speciose tribe of tiger moths. In this study, the taxonomy of some Neotropical species of this tribe is reviewed based on habitus and, in some cases, genitalia of type specimens. Lectotypes are designated for two names. Four new combinations are proposed: Agaraea sericeum (Zerny, 1931) comb. n., Biturix nigrostriata (Rothschild, 1909) comb. n., Carales fasciatus (Rothschild, 1909) comb. n. and Opharus pallida (Dognin, 1910) comb. n. Six new synonymies are proposed: Agaraea nigrotuberculata Bryk, 1953 (=Agaraea klagesi (Rothschild, 1909)), Opharus ochracea Joicey & Talbot, 1918 and Pelochyta fergusoni Watson & Goodger, 1986 (=Opharus pallida (Dognin, 1910)), Melese flavescens Joicey & Talbot, 1918 (=Melese paranensis Dognin, 1911), Leucanopsis infucata (Berg, 1882) (=Pareuchaetes aurata aurata (Butler, 1875)) and Tessellota pura Breyer, 1957 (=Tessellota cancellata (Burmeister, 1878))...
May 30, 2017: Zootaxa
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