Wahydra shueyi Carneiro, Henao, Mielke & Casagrande

Henao, Efrain R., Carneiro, Eduardo, Mielke, Olaf H. H. & Casagrade, Mirna M., 2015, Taxonomic notes on Wahydra Steinhauser (Hesperiidae, Hesperiinae, Anthoptini) with description of four new species, Zootaxa 4040 (1), pp. 59-73: 69-70

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Wahydra shueyi Carneiro, Henao, Mielke & Casagrande

sp. nov.

Wahydra shueyi Carneiro, Henao, Mielke & Casagrande  sp. nov.

( Figs 21, 22View FIGURES 1 – 26, 36View FIGURES 27 – 40, 50View FIGURES 47 – 53)

Diagnosis. Male: Forewing length 11mm. Nudum 13. Forewing apex pointed. DFW brand large, subapical spot yellowish, short, in R 5 -M 1. VFW apical and marginal areas distinctly lighter than costa and cellular areas. VHW with several nonaligned reddish spots. Median apophyses of tegumen reduced, thin, pointed; lateral processes pointed. Harpe thin, sharply angled. Ventro-posterior end of aedeagus rounded.

Description. Male: DFW with orange spots in costal area, R 4 -M 1 (with variable minor spots around this area) and from M 2 continuously to anal margin, but deeply hollowed in CuA 2 - 2 A; sparse dark orange scales present in costal and discal cell areas, especially concentrated proximally to brand. Brand black, bipartite, large, anterior part oval, emarginated with CuA 1 and slightly angled towards CuA 2, posterior part also oval and equally large, emarginated anteriorly with CuA 2. DHW orange spot large, from Rs to slightly beyond CuA 2,extending to external margin; elongated sparse bristles orange, mainly concentrated in discal cell and anal areas. VFW ground color dark brown; apical spot slightly lighter than costal area and discal spot; yellowish faint spots in R 5 -M 1, and developed in M 2 - 2 A. VHW ground color yellowish, with reduced and scattered reddish spots in discal area between Rs- 2 A, one in discal cell, and several faint in submarginal area; post-discal band slightly marked by a lighter yellowish band; anal fold dark brown. Genitalia: median apophyses of tegumen slightly shorter than half fenestra, triangularshaped; fenestra also triangular, as wide as long; lateral apophyses of tegumen symmetrically pointed. Saccus shorter than tegumen's lenght, lobed. Uncus symmetric; arms separated from each other by a short distance. Valvae symmetrical; harpe projection thin, apex quadrate, but inner margin longer than external; sacculus short, triangular. Aedeagus as long as the valva + saccus length; coecum slightly curved dorsally; dorso-posterior end of aedeagus hollowed, hollow long, extending anteriorly and contiguous with the opening of ejaculatorius bulbus; ventroposterior end of aedeagus with two large sclerotized foldings, both with additional foldings turned upwards. Fultura inferior as lateral fusiform lobes united medially by a thin bar. Female unknown.

Studied material: HOLOTYPE male with the following labels: / Holotypus / 26 -VIII- 1982, Rio Tumebamba, Cuenca, Ecuador, 3000m Lafebre leg. / DZ 18.178 / Holotypus Wahydra shueyi, Henao, Mielke & Casagrande  det. 2014 / ( DZUP). PARATYPES: 2 males, same label as holotype, DZ 18.299, DZ 18300 ( DZUP).

Etymology. This species honors Dr. John Shuey (The Nature Conservancy, Indianapolis, USA), for his significant contribution to butterfly biodiversity, especially in regard to Hesperiidae  taxonomy and systematics.


Universidade Federal do Parana, Colecao de Entomologia Pe. Jesus Santiago Moure