Palustra burmeisteri Berg, 1877c: 228

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: 77-78

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Palustra burmeisteri Berg, 1877c: 228


Taxon classification Animalia Lepidoptera Erebidae

Palustra burmeisteri Berg, 1877c: 228  Fig. 20

Current identity.

Paracles burmeisteri  (Berg, 1877).


Described from a female and a male (atrophied) specimen obtained after rearing caterpillars from the "Banda Oriental" [Eastern Band of Uruguay].

Type locality.

Banda Oriental [Eastern Band, Republic of Uruguay].


In the Berg collection there are two specimens from the type locality: a female specimen with data labels reading “Cumtipo/comparat.,” "Banda Oriental." It is in moderate to good conditions with the apex of the left forewing torn (Fig. 20). Its habitus is exactly like figure 1 in the original description. We hereby designate it as lectotype [MACN]. This female is labelled with a red label with the inscription "Lectotype ♀ Palustra burmeisteri  Berg designated by Beccacece, Vincent & Navarro;" a male specimen with data labels reading "Banda oriental," "burmeisteri Berg" (handwritten ), in moderate to good conditions with no antennae nor right wing. This specimen does not bear a label of type. In the Burmeister collection there are two male and two female specimens without labels. There are only two labels in the box: "burmeisteri Berg, Rep. Urug [Republic of Uruguay]" and " Palustra  Don. [donated by] Berg." One of the male specimens is clearly atrophied. We assume that it is the other syntype (the atrophied male), we hereby designate it as a paralectotype.


In the Berg collection the female specimen is in moderate to good condition, although it is missing a considerable portion of the apex of the right forewing and left hindwing, and bears no labels. The other male and two females in the Burmeister collection are not syntypes.

Palustra burmeisteri  Berg, 1877c was redescribed under the same name as new by Berg (1878: 224).