Halesidota fuscipennis Burmeister, 1878: 441

Beccacece, Hernan M., Vincent, Benoit & Navarro, Fernando R., 2014, The type-material of Arctiinae (Lepidoptera, Erebidae) described by Burmeister and Berg in the collection of the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia (Buenos Aires, Argen, ZooKeys 421, pp. 65-89: 72

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Halesidota fuscipennis Burmeister, 1878: 441


Taxon classification Animalia Lepidoptera Erebidae

Halesidota fuscipennis Burmeister, 1878: 441  Fig. 10

Hypocrisias jonesi  (Schaus, 1894): 230 ( Phaegoptera  ) syn. n.

Current identity.

Hypocrisias fuscipennis  (Burmeister, 1878).


Described from an unspecified number of specimens from Buénos-Ayres [Buenos Aires].

Type locality.

Buénos-Ayres [Buenos Aires].


A male syntype included in the Burmeister collection with a green label with the inscription "Buenos Aires" and a red label with the inscription "Lectotype ♂ Halesidota fuscipennis  Burmeister designated by Beccacece, Vincent & Navarro." We hereby designate it as lectotype. [MACN]. It is in quite good conditions (Fig. 10). There are two paralectotypes: a male without labels in moderate to good conditions; a male with a green label with the inscription "Buenos Aires," in moderate to poor condition, with no antennae, the apices of both forewings are missing and the right hindwing is ripped.


The lectotype has a similar habitus to Hypocrisias jonesi  (Schaus, 1894). This taxon was described from an unspecified number of specimens from Castro, Parana (Brazil). A male specimen, housed in USNM, was designated lectotype by Watson (1971). Comparison of the male genitalia of the lectotype dissected by Watson (1971) with the male genitalia from Buenos Aires and the nearby habitus justifies the synonymy of the two taxa. We therefore propose the synonymy given above.