Rhamma arria (Hewitson, 1870), Hewitson, 1870

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: 334-335

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Rhamma arria (Hewitson, 1870)
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Rhamma arria (Hewitson, 1870)  

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Thecla arria Hewitson, 1870: 213   , 448, Plate LXXXV, figs. 729, 730; Draudt 1919–1924: 758, pl. 153 f. Holotype examined. Thecla mirma Hewitson, 1870: 212   , 444, Plate LXXXV, figs. 719, 718, 720. Holotype examined.

Rhamma arria Hewitson, 1870   : Johnson 1992; Robbins 2004.

Rhamma mirma Hewitson, 1870   : Johnson 1992; Robbins 2004.

Rhamma mishma (Hewitson, 1878)   . Misidentification in Johnson 1992: 111, fig. 139. Shapiroana aurifera Johnson, 1992: 151   , figs. 68 A, 163 A. Image of the holotype examined. Shapiroana macphersoni Johnson, 1992: 152   , figs. 68 c, 163 c. Image of the holotype examined. Paralustrus paccius Johnson, 1992: 158   , figs. 72, 167.

Rhamma argentopicta Le Crom & Johnson, 1997: 7   . Ph. XV, fig. 1 C.

Type material. Holotype male, Ecuador, Hewitson coll., 79 - 69 Thecla arria   . 1, /B.M Type, No. Rh 602,/ Type / B. M. (N. H.), Rhopalocera, No. v 1535, /Genitalia by K. Johnson, ix ’ 83. Deposited in BMNH.

Taxonomic history and remarks. With the exception of R. commodus   , this is the most widely distributed species of the genus. After reviewing specimens from several geographic localities, comparing holotypes, and dissecting genitalia structures of specimens that could be identified as R. mirma   , R. aurifera   , and R. argentopicta   , it is impossible to objectively assign most individuals to one of the published names; therefore, it is logical to treat this spectrum of phenotypes as variants of Rhamma arria   .

Distribution and variability. Rhamma   is widely distributed in Colombia, flying on the three mountain ranges from the south in Nariño to the northern Colombian mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serranía del Perijá. The food plant is Tibouchina semidecandra Cogn.   ( Melastomataceae   ), known popularly in Colombia as “siete cueros”; it is cultivated as an ornamental tree (Callaghan 2008).

Diagnosis. Males of R. arria   are immediately identifiable by the dorsal forewing pattern that includes light blue scales only below vein CuA 2 and an irregular ochre band across the ventral hindwing from the costa to vein CuA 2.

Material examined (28 ♂, 13 ♀). CAUCA: 5 ♂, CP: Puracé, Pueblo, 2700 m, 21 /08/07, C. Prieto; 5 ♀, CP: Puracé, Pueblo, 2700 m; 3 ♂, CP: Totoró, La horqueta, 2800 m, 16 /06/ 2013, C. Prieto; 1 ♂, CP: San/der. De Quilichao, Los Tigres, 2500 m, 05/09/ 2009; 5 ♂, CP: PNN Munchique, 2600–2800 m, C. Prieto. VA L L E: 6 ♂, CP: Cali, K- 18, San Antonio, 2100 m, C. Prieto; 1 ♂, 3 ♀, CP: PNN Farallones, Pico de Loro, 2800 m, 02/08/07, C. Prieto; 1 ♀, CP: Tenerife, Páramo los Dominguez, 3300 m, 21 /07/ 2013, C. Prieto. MAGDALENA: 4 ♀, CP: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, San Lorenzo, 2700 m, 02/05/ 2014, C. Prieto. CESAR: 1 ♂, CP: Manaure, Sabana Rubia, 3000 m, 22 /04/ 2015. GUAJIRA: 2 ♂, CP: Guajira, Villanueva, Serrania del Perijá, 2600 m, 23 / 12 / 2014, C. Prieto.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Lycaenidae

Genus

Rhamma

Loc

Rhamma arria (Hewitson, 1870)

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

Rhamma argentopicta

Le Crom & Johnson 1997: 7
1997
Loc

Thecla arria

Hewitson 1870: 213
1870
Loc

Thecla mirma

Hewitson 1870: 212
1870
Loc

Rhamma arria

Hewitson 1870
1870