Cyana coccinea coccinea ( Moore, 1878 ), coccinea (Moore, 1878

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: 8

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Cyana coccinea coccinea ( Moore, 1878 )


Cyana coccinea coccinea ( Moore, 1878)  

( Figs 3, 4 View FIGURES 1–10 , 162 View FIGURES 161–163 , 235 View FIGURES 234–239 )

Bizone coccinea Moore, 1878   , Proceedings of the Scientific Meetings of the Zoological Society of London 1878: 28, pl. 3, fig. 14 (Type locality: “ Sikkim ”).

= coccina, misspelling.

Type material examined. Lectotype (designated herein): ♂, handwritten label “ Sikkim ♂ ” (upper side) “ Bizone coccinea   (type) Moore ” (under side) / printed label “Moore Coll. 94–106” / printed round label with a red circle “Type” / printed label with a unique identifier “NHMUK010402096” (Coll. NHMUK).  

Other material examined. SIKKIM: 24 ♂, India, Sikkim , Legship, 500 m, 24–28.VII.1990, leg. W. Thomas, slide MWM 34417 View Materials (♂) Volynkin (Coll. MWM / ZSM)   ; WEST BENGAL: 5 ♀, India, Darjeeling , 5 km oberh. Rambi, 800 m, 30.VII.1990, leg. W. Thomas (Coll. MWM / ZSM)   ; 2 ♂, 2 ♀, India W.B., Darjeeling , Manjitar, 700 m, 20.VII.1990, leg. Dr. W. Thomas, slide MWM 34418 View Materials (♀) Volynkin (Coll. MWM / ZSM)   .

Remark. In the original description, Moore (1878) did not mention a number of specimens therefore the existence of syntypes is possible. In order to stabilize the nomenclature, we designate the specimen labeled as ‘type’ as lectotype.

Diagnosis. Forewing length is 13–14.5 mm in males and 18–19 mm in females. Cyana coccinea coccinea   can be distinguished from other members of the C. insularis   group (sensu Lourens 2017) by its orange and red forewing in males (those are white and red in other species). Externally female of C. coccinea coccinea   is similar to C. weerawoothi Lourens, 2017   ( Figs. 9, 10 View FIGURES 1–10 ) described from Thailand, but differs by its slightly larger size and slightly narrower red parts of ante- and postmedial lines. The male genitalia of all species of the C. insularis   group are very similar. Cyana coccinea   differs from C. weerawoothi   ( Fig. 164 View FIGURES 164–166 ) by its longer and distally narrowed subbasal dorsal diverticulum, smaller apical diverticulum, larger cluster of spinules on the lateral diverticulum, and its smaller lateral patch of the ventral diverticulum. The female genitalia of C. coccinea   differ from those of C. weerawoothi   ( Fig. 237 View FIGURES 234–239 ) by their sclerotized cervix bursae being shorter and more narrowly rugose, smaller and less dentate rugose sclerotized postero-lateral cluster of corpus bursae, and its lateral band-like signum being broader anteriorly.

Distribution. The nominate subspecies is Himalayan, known from North-East India (Sikkim and north of West Bengal) ( Hampson 1900) and Nepal ( Kishida 1995; 1998, as coccina, missp.). The records for Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia ( Černý & Pinratana 2009; Bayarsaikhan & Bae 2016) belong to C. weerawoothi   .


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Cyana coccinea coccinea ( Moore, 1878 )

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

Bizone coccinea

Moore 1878