Prada, EVANS, 1949

Toussaint, Emmanuel F. A., Braby, Michael F., Müller, Chris J., Petrie, Edward A. & Kawahara, Akito Y., 2022, Molecular phylogeny, systematics and generic classification of the butterfly subfamily Trapezitinae (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea: Hesperiidae), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 195, pp. 1407-1421 : 1417-1418

publication ID

https://doi.org/ 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlab086

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:E8867B19-E3F4-4089-B2CB-9AC381F0E70D

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6993122

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/2E392074-FF85-FFE5-E7ED-D449FDA9FD83

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scientific name

Prada
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PRADA EVANS, 1949

The genus Prada contains three species endemic to mainland New Guinea ( Parsons, 1998). Evans (1949) considered Prada to be closely related to the monotypic Tiacellia Evans, 1949 (also from New Guinea), and he classified this pair within the Plastingia group of the subfamily Hesperiinae , although he noted a possible link with the Trapezitinae . Parsons (1998) pointed out that the male genitalia and hindwing venation of Prada rothschildi (Evans, 1928) was similar to that of Rachelia extrusa (C. & R. Felder, 1867). Subsequently, Atkins (2017) transferred Prada and Tiacellia to the Trapezitinae and suggested that Prada and Tiacellia might be closely related to Trapezites and Rachelia based on study of male genitalia and wing venation. Cong et al. (2019) reached a similar conclusion regarding Prada based on molecular data of a limited set of Trapezitinae (10 species representing 10 genera), in which Prada rothschildi was sister to Trapezites symmomus Hübner, 1823 in most of their analyses, rather than to other members of the Hesperiinae in which Prada has traditionally been placed.

In our comprehensive molecular phylogeny of Trapezitinae , Prada was placed as sister to Trapezites , thus supporting previous views that this genus belongs in the Trapezitinae and not in Hesperiinae . Our analysis also supports, in part, the hypothesis of Atkins (2017) of a close relationship between Prada and Trapezites . Tiacellia , however, was not recovered within the Trapezitinae , falling well outside this subfamily ( Fig. 1 View Figure 1 ).

Larval food plants remain unknown.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Hesperiidae