Tetraphlebia patagonica ( Mabille, 1885 ),

Matz, Jess & Brower, Andrew V. Z., 2016, The South Temperate Pronophilina (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae): a phylogenetic hypothesis, redescriptions and revisionary notes, Zootaxa 4125 (1), pp. 1-108: 72

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Tetraphlebia patagonica ( Mabille, 1885 )


Tetraphlebia patagonica ( Mabille, 1885)  ( Erebia  ) comb. nov.

( Figs. 12View FIGURE 12 F; 30)

Holotype (male): MNHN, Paris, leg. Lebrun, 1883 (photo examined) Type location: Santa Cruz, Patagonia, Argentina

Other combinations:

Faunula patagonica  — Heimlich (1972); Peña & Ugarte (1997,p. 282); Lamas & Viloria (2004, p. 216); Pyrcz (2012).

Distribution. Found in the vicinity of Cochrane and Palena in Aisen Prov., Chile, and in Chubut and Neuquén Provinces, Argentina ( Fig. 30).

Diagnosis. The dorsal fore and hindwings exhibit the postmedial rust-red patches displayed by other members of the genus. The ventral forewing exhibits the same singly-pupillated M 1 -M 3 ocellus, and the hindwing is the same rectangular shape. Unlike other Tetraphlebia  , T. patagonica  exhibits two ventral hindwing ocelli in cells M 3 and CuA 1 ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 F). Pyrcz (2012) considered it to be closely related to both T. eleates  and T. leucoglene  .

Remarks. This species was not available for thorough study. According to Peña & Ugarte (1997), the species flies slowly and perches on the ground on low to mid-elevation open grasslands.


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