Rhamma

Prieto, Carlos & Vargas, Maria A., 2016, Elfin butterflies of the genus Rhamma Johnson (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Theclinae): A review of the Colombian species, Zootaxa 4093 (3), pp. 323-342: 340

publication ID

http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4093.3.2

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:F03731C8-DE0E-4CCA-9E11-A2DF5994C9A9

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03E687EB-FFC7-854A-7CD3-FC6EFA23F953

treatment provided by

Plazi

scientific name

Rhamma
status

 

Key to male Rhamma   based on wing characters

1. Blue or green patch of scales on the basal part of VFW........................................................ 2

- Without blue or green patch of scale on VFW............................................................... 3

2. DFW with blue scales only below veins CuA; entirely black above CuA..................................... R. arria  

- DFW with blue, green or purple scales covering most of wing................................................. 5

3. VHW with light ochre triangular (funnel shaped) spot starting from costa to vein M 3 ............................. 12

- VHW without light ochre triangular (funnel shaped) spot...................................................... 4

4. DFW and DHW deep purple, with wide black margins................................................. R. anosma  

- DFW and DHW entirely brown.................................................................. R. andradei  

5. Scale patches on VFW deep blue, reaching submarginal band............................................. R. bilix  

- Scale patches on VFW dark or shiny blue or green, never reach submarginal band.................................. 6

6. Relatively small species, FW length 9–11 mm ............................................................. 7

- Medium to large species, FW length 11–17 mm ............................................................ 8

7. Conspicuous androconial brand on DFW as an elongate streak bordering upper margin of the discal cell.......... R. oxida  

- Inconspicuous androconial brand on DFW as an elongate streak bordering upper margin of the discal cell...... R. comstocki  

8. DFW, DHW violet blue with reduced black margin (<2 mm); area between Rs and Sc on DHW entirely black... R. shapiroi  

- DFW, DHW blue or shiny green with wide black margin (> 2 mm); area between Rs and Sc on DHW with blue or green scal- ing................................................................................................ 9

9. Conspicuous lighter band crossing the VHW in medial region from costa to vein CuA 2 ...................... R. adunca  

- Without lighter band crossing VHW in medial region from costa to vein CuA 2 vein, anal lobes of HW normal for the genus.................................................................................................... 10

10 DFW, DHW shiny green, androconial patch on VFW diffusive, embracing 1 / 3 of the wing area; FW length> 14 mm R. hybla  

- DFW, DHW blue, androconial patch on VFW well defined, embracing 1 / 4 of the wing area; FW length <14 mm ........ 11

11. Anal lobes of HW elongate; ventral pattern formed of zigzagging reddish lines; typical androconial brand on DFW formed by clear grayish scales.............................................................................. R. livida  

- Anal lobes of HW reduced; ventral pattern grayish brown and inconspicuous; androconial brand on DFW....... R. mishma  

12. Dorsally bright blue with a narrow black border (<4 mm)........................................... R. commodus  

- Dorsally bright green with a wide black border (> 4 mm)............................................. R. familiaris