Callipia paradisea Thierry-Mieg, 1904

Brehm, Gunnar, 2018, Revision of the genus Callipia Guenée, 1858 (Lepidoptera, Geometridae), with the description of 15 new taxa, European Journal of Taxonomy 404, pp. 1-54: 15-16

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Callipia paradisea Thierry-Mieg, 1904


Callipia paradisea Thierry-Mieg, 1904 

Figs 14–19View Figs 9–16View Figs 17–19

Callipia admirabilis Warren, 1904: 538  (confirmed junior synonym of C. paradisea  , see Parsons et al. 1999) ( Figs 15View Figs 9–16, 19View Figs 17–19).

No assigned BIN.


Callipia paradisea  is unmistakeable due to its unique mixed colour pattern of white, dark brown and extended rosy elements. The taxon C. admirabilis does not show any significant differences from the type specimen of C. paradisea and, therefore, remains in synonymy with C. paradisea. The other four species of the vicinaria group are smaller than C. paradisea. Male genitalia: a spine-like process on the ventral margin of the valvae is present, but short and blunt. The aedeagus is broader than in most other species, the manica is slightly bent, and the vesica does not possess cornuti.

Type material

Holotype ( Figs 14View Figs 9–16, 17View Figs 17–19) PERU: ♂, [Pasco], Huancabamba, 6000–10000 ft [1829–3048 m], 1903 ( C-0194 with GS-291) ( USNM)  .

Other type material

PERU: ♂, holotype of C. admirabilis Warren, 1904 (confirmed junior synonym of C. paradisea  ) ( Figs 15View Figs 9–16, 19View Figs 17–19), Peru, [Pasco], Huancabamba, Cerro de Pasco , [E.] Böttger leg. ( NHM)  .

Other material examined

PERU: 1 ♂, [Pasco], Huancabamba, 6000–10000 ft [1829–3048 m] ( NHM) ( C-0196);  1 ♂, [Cusco], Paucartambo ( ZMUC) ( C-0063);  2 ♂♂ [Puno, Carabaya], Agualani , 9000 ft ( SMF) ( C-0093 with GS- 402; C-0195 with GS-413, Figs 16View Figs 9–16, 18View Figs 17–19). 


As illustrated. The female is unknown.


Eastern Andes of central and south eastern Peru, 1800–3100 m.


Only a few specimens of C. paradisea  exist in collections. No recently collected material has been available for DNA barcoding and it failed in an old specimen.

The vicinaria  group

This group comprises three species. The moths are on average smaller than members of the other groups. Wings are composed of cream white, ochreous, dark brown and rosé elements. The male valvae have more pronounced spine-like processes on the ventral margin than species of the other groups. The vesicae do not possess cornuti. All species show a pronounced sexual dimorphism that is possibly an apomorphy of the group. The females have a dark grey ground colour with ochreous patterns; the female of C. hausmanni  sp. nov. more resembles those of the parrhasiata  group. Females of this group are therefore illustrated on a separate plate. Species are distributed from Colombia to central Peru but not further in the south ( Fig. 2bView Fig. 2).


USA, Washington D.C., National Museum of Natural History, [formerly, United States National Museum]


United Kingdom, London, The Natural History Museum [formerly British Museum (Natural History)]


Denmark, Kobenhavn [= Copenhagen], University of Copenhagen, Zoological Museum


Germany, Frankfurt-am-Main, Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Senckenberg


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History


University of Nottingham


Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen


Forschungsinstitut und Natur-Museum Senckenberg


Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport