Rhamma andradei (Le Crom & Johnson, 1997), Le Crom & Johnson, 1997

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: 336-340

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Rhamma andradei (Le Crom & Johnson, 1997)

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Rhamma andradei (Le Crom & Johnson, 1997)   , comb. nov., stat. nov

( Figures 26 View FIGURES 20 – 29 , 40, 64)

Pontirama andradei Le Crom & Johnson, 1997   : Vol. I, pg. 1, photoplate VC, VI. (Image of holotype was exchanged with the image of A. lecromi   holotype in the original publication). Holotype examined in ICN-UN.

Penaincisalia andradei (Le Crom & Johnson, 1997)   as nomen dubium by Robbins 2004.

Type material. Holotype male, Colombia, Cundinamarca, Laguna del Alar Pasca, 3600 m, I. v. 92, leg. J. F. Le Crom. Deposited in ICN-UN.

Taxonomic history and remarks. Pontirama andradei   was described from a single male from Cundinamarca. We noticed that the holotype images of Pontirama andradei   and Abloxurina lecromi   were mixed in the original description of both species. So the purported holotype of Abloxurina lecromi   (Johnson & Lugo 1997: photoplate V, C) corresponds to the holotype of P. andradei   deposited in ICN. In the same manner, the holotype of P. andradei   (Le Crom & Johnson 1997: photoplate VI, D) corresponds to Abloxurina lecromi   (= R. anosma   ).

Robbins (2004) treated this species as nomen dubium under the genus Penaincisalia Johnson. Genital   dissections of recently collected males of P. andradei   (Fig. 40) and DFW androconial brand demonstrate that it belongs to the genus Rhamma   and probably is a close relative of R. anosma   .

Distribution and variability. This is one of the rarest Rhamma   species in Colombia, known from only two localities at 3500–3600 m in the central range of Cundinamarca.

Diagnosis. Males of Rhamma andradei   are similar in forewing length (<11mm) and wing shape to R. anosma   . They are immediately distinguished from R. anosma   and any other Rhamma   by the entirely brown color of the dorsal fore- and hindwing.

Material examined (3 ♂). CUNDINAMARCA: 2 ♂, JFLC: Chingaza rd., 3500 m, 5.11. 2007. H. Warren- Gash.; 1 ♂, GR: Boyacá.