Rhamma shapiroi (Johnson, 1992), Johnson, 1992

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: 329-330

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-FFD0-855C-7CD3-F93DFEFFFD29

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scientific name

Rhamma shapiroi (Johnson, 1992)
status

 

Rhamma shapiroi (Johnson, 1992)  

( Figures 17, 18 View FIGURES 11 – 19 , 36, 48, 57, 73)

Shapiroana shapiroi Johnson, 1992: 66   , 161.; D’Abrera (1995): 1144. Rhamma shapiroi (Johnson, 1992)   : Robbins 2004.

Type material. Holotype male, Colombia, Headwaters of Rio Cambirumelna, S. slope Cerro Kachu, 4000–4400 m, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Depto. Cesar, 18–22 January 1977, leg. A. M and A. R. Shapiro. Deposited in AMNH.

Taxonomic history and remarks. Rhamma shapiroi   was described in the genus Shapiroana Johnson   from a series of six males and females from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Shapiroana   was synonymized with Rhamma   by Robbins (2004), resulting in the new combination for this species.

Distribution and variability. Rhamma shapiroi   is a rare species endemic to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta above 3000 m.

Diagnosis. This species could be confused with the sympatric R. mishma   . Characters to differentiate the species are: a) R. shapiroi   dorsal surface is violet blue rather than blue as in R. mishma   ; b) black margins of the dorsal surface in R. mishma   are wide (> 3 mm) whereas in R. shapiroi   the margins are almost non-existent (<1 mm); and c) the area between veins Rs and Sc on the dorsal hindwing is entirely black in R. shapiroi   and blue in R. mishma   .

Material examined (4 ♂, 2 ♀). MAGDALENA: 4 ♂, 2 ♀, CP: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, 3400 m, 12 /01/ 2011, C. Prieto.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Lycaenidae

Genus

Rhamma

Loc

Rhamma shapiroi (Johnson, 1992)

Prieto, Carlos & Vargas, Maria A. 2016
2016
Loc

Shapiroana shapiroi

Johnson 1992: 66
1992
Loc

Rhamma shapiroi

Johnson 1992
1992