Rhamma comstocki 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: 330-331

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scientific name

Rhamma comstocki Johnson, 1992
status

 

Rhamma comstocki Johnson, 1992  

( Figures 13, 14, 15, 16 View FIGURES 11 – 19 , 35 View FIGURES 30 – 35 , 47 View FIGURES 42 – 50 , 56 View FIGURES 51 – 62 , 68 View FIGURES 67 – 70 )

Rhamma comstocki Johnson, 1992: 137   , figs. 52, 147. Image of holotype examined.

Rhamma lecromi Johnson & Lugo 1997: 1   , photoplate V figure A, B. Paratypes examined in ICN, topotypic material examined.

Type material. Holotype male, Colombia, Bogotá, La Calera, subparamo, 3100 m, leg. L. Richter, December 1945, deposited AMNH.

Taxonomic history and remarks. This species was described from the eastern range in Colombia near Bogotá. Rhamma lecromi Johnson & Lugo, 1997   was described by the same author several years later from a different location near Bogotá. We compared recently collected topotypical material and the type material of both species and we were unable to find any diagnostic features to separate them. Females of this species are variable even among individuals from the same locality.

Distribution and variability. This species is endemic to the eastern cordillera. Males exhibit little variation along its range from Cundinamarca and Boyacá to de northern tip of the eastern cordillera in the Serranía del Perijá. In contrast, females are quite variable in ventral wing pattern and color, even those from the same locality ( Figs. 14, 16 View FIGURES 11 – 19 ).

Diagnosis. The recognition of R. comstocki   as a distinct species was detailed in the account for R. oxida   .

Material examined (30 ♂, 6 ♀). CUNDINAMARCA: 12 ♂, CP, Subachoque, El Tablazo, 3000 m, 12 / 10 / 2014, 05/01/ 2014, C. Prieto; 4 ♀, CP, Subachoque, El Tablazo, 3000 m, 12 / 10 / 2014, C. Prieto; 3 ♂, CP, Choachi, 3200 m, C. Prieto.; 3 ♂, JFLC, Subachoque, El Tablazo, 3400 m, 06/ 11 / 1994, 27/01/ 1996. Le Crom.; 3 ♂, JFLC, Bogotá, 3300 m, 12 / 10 / 1998, 13/02/ 1994; 2 ♂, JFLC; Villa Pinzón, 3450 m, 13 / 11 / 1994, 14/01/ 1995, Le Crom. BOYACA: 2 ♂, 2 ♀, CP, Güican, 3680 m, 18 /01/ 2009, 13/01/ 2009, C. Prieto; 1 ♂, CP, Tibasosa, 3200 m, C. Prieto; 2 ♂, JFLC, Tibasosa, 2800 m, 18 /03/ 2001, Le Crom. CESAR: 4 ♂, CP, Manaure, Sabana Rubia, 3000 m, 01/05/ 2015, C. Prieto.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Lycaenidae

Genus

Rhamma

Loc

Rhamma comstocki Johnson, 1992

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

Rhamma lecromi

Johnson & Lugo 1997: 1
1997
Loc

Rhamma comstocki

Johnson 1992: 137
1992