Astictopterus C. Felder & R. Felder, 1860,

Cock, Matthew J. W. & Congdon, T. Colin E., 2014, Observations on the biology of Afrotropical Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera). Part 7. Hesperiinae incertae sedis: grass and bamboo feeders, Zootaxa 3872 (4), pp. 301-354: 303-304

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http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3872.4.1

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scientific name

Astictopterus C. Felder & R. Felder, 1860
status

 

Astictopterus C. Felder & R. Felder, 1860 

Although Astictopterus  is predominantly an African genus, Butler (1870 b) fixed the genotype as A. jama  C. and R. Felder, one of the two west Malaysian species originally described in the genus ( Felder & Felder 1860). Larsen (2005) raises doubts as to whether the genus is monophyletic, either within Africa, or between Africa and Asia. Of the seven species of Astictopterus  currently recognised from Africa ( Ackery et al. 1995), Evans (1937) initially placed two in Astictopterus  and four in Isoteinon Felder & Felder  , a genus now considered to be monotypic and restricted to east Asia ( Evans 1947, 1949). Evans (1947) transferred the African species of Isoteinon  to Astictopterus  and subsequently described A. tura Evans  as a new species from the genus ( Evans 1951). As reported below, the two African species for which food plants are known are grass feeders, as is the Asian A. jama ( Bascombe et al. 1999)  .

The South African A. inornatus (Trimen)  is recorded to lay eggs singly on Imperata cylindrica  (= I. arundinacea  ) and another grass but the early stages have not been documented ( Dickson & Kroon 1978, Pringle et al. 1994, Henning et al. 1997). Larsen (2005) states that the behaviour and habitat of A. abjecta (Snellen)  imply that it is a grass feeder. We treat A. stellata (Mabille)  below, but the biology of the remaining African species has not been reported.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Hesperiidae

Loc

Astictopterus C. Felder & R. Felder, 1860

Cock, Matthew J. W. & Congdon, T. Colin E. 2014
2014
Loc

A. jama (

Bascombe et al. 1999
1999