Cyana coccinea flavotincta ( Draudt, 1914 ), Singh & Volynkin & Kirti & Datta & Ivanova, 2020

Singh, Navneet, Volynkin, Anton V., Kirti, Jagbir Singh, Datta, Harvinder Singh & Ivanova, Maria S., 2020, A review of the genus Cyana Walker, 1854 from India, with descriptions of five new species and three new subspecies (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae: Lithosiini), Zootaxa 4738 (1), pp. 1-93: 9

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Cyana coccinea flavotincta ( Draudt, 1914 )

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Cyana coccinea flavotincta ( Draudt, 1914)   , stat. nov.

( Figs 5–8 View FIGURES 1–10 , 163 View FIGURES 161–163 , 236 View FIGURES 234–239 )

Chionaema coccinea   form flavotincta Draudt, 1914   , Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 10: 174 (Type locality: [N Myanmar, Kachin State] “Bhamo”).

Type material examined. Lectotype (designated herein) ( Fig. 8 View FIGURES 1–10 ): ♀, “Bhamo | Nov. | tea” / “ Chionaema   | coccinea   | ab. flavotincta   | Holotype Strand Draudt | Hampson Ab. 1.” / “Moore Coll. 94–106.” / round label with a red circle “ Type ” / label with a unique identifier “NMHUK010402097” (Coll. NHMUK).  

Other material examined. INDIA. ASSAM: 3 ♂, 8 ♀, NE India, Assam, Kaziranga Wild Life, Pan Bari Reserv [e] Forest , 26°45’N, 93°10’E, 100 m, 12–21.XI.1997, leg. V. Siniaev & M. Murzin, slides MWM 34419 View Materials (♂), MWM 34420 View Materials (♀) and ZSM Arct. 2019 GoogleMaps   - 528 ♀ Volynkin (Coll. MWM / ZSM)   .

Remarks. 1. Draudt (1914) described Chionaema coccinea   form flavotincta   for the specimens mentioned by Hampson (1900) as “Ab. 1”. Despite Hampson (1900) cited two males and three females, we found only one female originating from Bhamo and labeled as “Type” in the NHMUK collection. To avoid any confusion in the future, here we designate this specimen as lectotype. 2. Like some other species of Cyana   (e.g., C. puer   and C. khasiana   ), C. c. flavotincta   is represented by two color forms: the orange (type) and the most common crimson ones. The most specimens from Assam are crimson, but one female ( Figs 7 View FIGURES 1–10 , 236 View FIGURES 234–239 ) has an orange patterned thorax, orange transverse lines and pale orange hindwing similar to those of the lectotype from Myanmar ( Fig. 8 View FIGURES 1–10 ). The genitalia of these two forms have no differences.

Diagnosis. Forewing length is 13–13.5 mm in males and 16.5–17 mm in females. Male of C. c. flavotincta   differs from that of the nominate subspecies by its smaller size, and paler, yellow subbasal and discal areas of forewing (those are orange in C. c. coccinea   ). Female of C. c. flavotincta   differs clearly from that of C. c. coccinea   by its smaller size and slightly narrower transverse lines. The male genitalia of two subspecies are very similar, but in C. c. flavotincta   the apical diverticulum of vesica is shorter. Female genitalia of the two subspecies have no significant differences.

Distribution. North East India (Assam: first record for India) and North Myanmar (Kachin State) ( Hampson 1900; Draudt 1914).


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Cyana coccinea flavotincta ( Draudt, 1914 )

Singh, Navneet, Volynkin, Anton V., Kirti, Jagbir Singh, Datta, Harvinder Singh & Ivanova, Maria S. 2020


Draudt 1914

Chionaema coccinea

Moore 1878