Oospila pipa,

Lindt, Aare, Hausmann, Axel & Viidalepp, Jaan, 2018, Review of some species groups of the genus Oospila Warren, with descriptions of nine new species (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Geometrinae), Zootaxa 4497 (2), pp. 151-194: 175-176

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Oospila pipa

sp. n.

Oospila pipa  sp. n.

(Figs 27, 61, 82)

Oospila miccularia: sensu Cook & Scoble (1995 partim)  nec Guenée, 1858: material from Ecuador and Peru.

Holotype: ♂, Ecuador, Sucumbios prov., Panayacu riv., 13– 19.10.1999, 210 m, 00°23'S, 76°11'W (A. Lindt) (slide 277; TAMZ 0094294; DNA barcode LepNeotr 01875_NGS).GoogleMaps 

Paratypes: 1♂, Peru, Lagunas , 01– 03.12.2003, 134 m, 05°14'15"S, 75°35'44"W (slide 8189) (A. Lindt)GoogleMaps  ; 1♂, Peru, Lagunas , 29.11. 2003, 120 m, 05°14'15"S, 75°35'44"W (slide 334) (A. Lindt)GoogleMaps  ; 6♂ 1♀, Ecuador: Napo prov., Puerto Misahualli , 5– 9.11.2002 (slide 310) (A. Selin, T. Armulik)  ; 1♂ Ecuador, Zamora Chinchipe prov., Zamora , 19.04.2007, 1000 m, 04°06'30"S, 78°57'49"W (A. Lindt) (slide 509)GoogleMaps  ; 1♂ Ecuador, Zamora Chinchipe prov., Los Ecuentros , 21.04.2007, 1460 m, 03°48'47"S, 78°36'39"W (A. Lindt)GoogleMaps  ; 3♂, Ecuador, Sucumbios prov., Panayacu river , 13– 19.10.1999, 210 m, 00°23'S, 76°11'W (T. Kesküla) (slide 6615)GoogleMaps  ; 3♂ 2♀, the same data but A.Lindt leg. (slides 278, 336, 450)GoogleMaps  ; 1♂, Ecuador, Napo prov., Huabuno riv., 03.– 06.10.1999, 400 m, 00°50'S, 77°15'W (A. Lindt)GoogleMaps  ; 1♂, Peru, Santa-Rosa , 19.11. 2003, 800 m, 09°58'36"S, 75°30'23"W (slide 278) (A. Lindt)GoogleMaps  ; 1♂, Ecuador [Orellana prov.], Rio Shiripuno-Via Auca , 200 m, 27– 28.10.2002, 76°46'W, 01°06'S (slide 503)(I. Renge)GoogleMaps  ; 1♂, Ecuador, Orellana prov., Rio Shiripuno , 27.10.2002 (I. Renge)  ; 1♂ 1♀, Ecuador, Orellana prov., Rio Shiripuno , 27– 31.10.2002 (slide 449, 450) (A. Selin, T. Armolik)  ; 1♂, Ecuador, Orellana prov., Rio Shiripuno , 26.10.2002 (A. Selin, T. Armolik)  ; 1♂, Ecuador, Orellana prov., Rio Shiripuno , 31.10.2002 (A. Selin, T. Armolik)  ; 1♂, Venezuela, Orinoco river , 20.10.1999 (slide 309) (A. Selin & T. Armulik)  ; 1♂, Venezuela, about 150 km to E of Puerto Ayacucho, 23.10.1999 (A. Selin & T. Armulik)  . 1♂, Colombia, Moona, Terr. Caquetà (W. Hopp; ZSM) (slide ZSM G 17493View Materials)  ; 19♂ ♀, Peru, Huanuco, Panguana, Rio Llullapichis, 260m, E tributary Rio Pachitea , -9.6138° / - 74.9353°, 13.11.– 13.12.2008 / 23.09.– 02.10.2004 / 02.– 18.10.2009 / 01.– 30.04.2012 / 20.09.– 08.10.2012 / 24.02.– 10.03.2013 / 20.09.– 04.10.2013, 20.05.– 10.06.2014 (A. Segerer, E.G. Burmeister, G. Riedel, E. Diller, H. Sulak, O. Vasha; ZSM) ( DNA Barcode BC ZSM Lep 66259; genitalia slides ZSM G 15117View Materials, 15782, 20343)  ; 1♂, id., 21.07.2013 (leg. et coll. A. Moser) (DNA barcode BC ZSM Lep 88272); 2♂ 1♀, Ecuador, Zamora-Chinchipe, Estaciòn biològica San Francisco , 19 / 20, 1020– 1025 m, ca. 04°07’ S, 78°58’ W, 19.– 24.11.2008 / 0 1.04.2011 (M. Adams, G. Brehm; coll. G. Brehm) ( DNA barcodes ID 22693, 16092, 17069)GoogleMaps  ; 1♂, Ecuador, Zamora-Chinchipe, Bombuscaro , 1025 m, -4.1165°, -78.9815°, 19.11.2008 (leg. et coll. G. Brehm) ( DNA barocde ID 16096)  ; 1♂, Ecuador, Zamora-Chinchipe, Reserva Copalinga , 1213 m, -4.0883°, -78.9657°, 19.11.2008 (leg. et coll. G. Brehm) ( DNA barocde ID 19008). 

The holotype will be deposited in the collection of EMNH (Tallinn), the paratypes in the collections of EMNH, IZBE, ZSM, and in private collections of G. Brehm, A. Moser, A. Lindt and A. Selin.

Other material (not included into type series): 1♀, northern Brazil, [north-western Amazonas], Canal Maturaca, Mission Cauaburi, 70 m, 14.01.1963 (C. Lindemann; ZSM) (slide ZSM G 20342View Materials); 1♀, Brazil, [northeastern] Para, Belem-Gunma, Parque Ecologico do Gunma, 22m, -1.213°, -48.29°, 11.04.2010 (T. Decaens; BIO Guelph) ( DNA barcode BC-INCT0359).

Diagnosis. A member of the O. miccularia  species group with large light orange brown blotches at the apex and the tornus of both wings, distinguished from related species by male genitalia, by the presence of a group of tangled, long spines dorsally to the apex of valva. The apical blotch of the fore wing is broad near costa. See the description of O. miccularia  above. O. pipa  is the allopatric sister species of O. miccularia  , differing from the latter by the more extended patch of spines at the tip of the valva and by the much longer bursa copulatrix.

Description. Wingspan, 15–18 mm in males, 17–21 mm in females (Fig. 27,). The frons is yellowish brown, the fillet white, the vertex yellowish, a red-brown line in between. The male antennae are bipectinate, the external and inner pectinations, on the fifth antennal segment, are 0.5–0.6 and 0.35–0.4 mm long, accordingly, in males, 0.35–0.5 mm and 0.25–0.35 mm long in females. The palpi project ahead of the frons by about 0.45–0.6 mm. The thorax is dorsally green, the abdomen mottled rose and whitish. The crests on tergites A1–A5 are reddish brown. The wings are dark green, the marginal blotches are light orange brown with irregular brown irroration. The marginal line is brown on both wings; the marginal blotches are edged by a thin white and a proximal grey line, which protrudes into the white line along some veins. The apical blotch of the fore wing reaches the costa broad and expands along the distal margin of the wing, reaching vein M3, and is connected with the tornal blotch by a narrow connection between the veins M3 and CuA1. The hind wing blotches are continuous along the distal margin of the wing but somewhat narrower than on the fore wing. The discal spots are present on both wings, small, vague, brown or green, sometimes also an anterior white discal dot is present on the hind wing. The fringe is pale brownish, chequered darker at vein ends.

Male genitalia (Fig. 61): The socii are rounded, broader than in related species, and the gnathi are hooked. The juxta is short, provided with oval dorso-lateral projections and with a pair of short ventro-lateral projections. The valva is split, its saccular part refolded, with a finger-shaped projection directed dorsally and reaching beyond the costal edge of the valva. The distal part of the valva bears a subapical patch of long, tangled spines, not restricted to the edge as in O. miccularia  . The aedeagus is provided with a sclerotized dorsal rib as in O. bifida  sp. n. The sternite A8 has two, shallowly rounded lobes at its posterior edge.

Female genitalia (Fig. 82): Similar to those of O. bifida  sp. n. and O. brehmi  sp. n., but the sterigma of O. pipa  is less broad (1.0– 1.1 mm) than in O. brehmi  , with paired, oval, horizontally furrowed lateral sclerites. The ductus bursae (2.0 mm), and corpus bursae (2.0 mm) are very long. The signum is medium-sized (width 0.35–0.45 mm, height 0.2 mm) and bicornute.

Genetic data. BIN BOLD:AAG7368 (n=10 from Ecuador, Peru, Brazil). BIN intraspecific variation low in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia (0.0%), but with a slightly diverging haplotype in Brazil /NW. Para (0.3%). Nearest neighbours: Sister species O. brehmi  sp. n. and O. moseri  sp. n. (described below), O. miccularia  (1.3%). Although O. pipa  and O. miccularia  belong to the same BIN, O. pipa  is described here at species rank, as the genetic distance is constant and well correlated to some differential features in genitalia.

Etymology. The species name " pipa  " is a free combination of letters, gender feminine.

Biology. Oospila pipa  is a widespread species in various tropical lowland and montane forests, collected from February to December.

Distribution. Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, western Brazil (north-western Amazonas), possibly also prov. Para, requiring confirmation by dissection.


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Oospila pipa

Lindt, Aare, Hausmann, Axel & Viidalepp, Jaan 2018

Oospila miccularia

: sensu Cook & Scoble 1995