Coscinia cribraria rippertii (Boisduval, 1834)

Macià, Ramon, Mally, Richard, Ylla, Josep, Gastón, Javier & Huertas, Manuel, 2019, Integrative revision of the Iberian species of Coscinia Hübner, [1819] sensu lato and Spiris Hübner, [1819], (Lepidoptera: Erebidae, Arctiinae), Zootaxa 4615 (3), pp. 401-449: 414-416

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Coscinia cribraria rippertii (Boisduval, 1834)


Coscinia cribraria rippertii (Boisduval, 1834)  

Original combination: Emydia rippertii Boisduval, 1834   . Icones Historique des Lépidoptères nouveaux ou peu connus 2, 94. LT. Spanish Pyrenees.

= Euprepia cribraria rondoui Oberthür, 1911   .

= Euprepia cribraria vernetensis Oberthür, 1911   .

= Euprepia cribraria canigulensis Oberthür, 1911   .

Material studied. 3♂♂ Bosc Nere , Banhs de Tredòs , Val d’Aran (Lleida), 1750 m, 18/ 26.VII.2012, R. Macià leg.   ; 2♂♂, 3♀♀ Llac de Colomers , Val d’Aran (Lleida), 12.IX.1997, R. Macià leg.   ; 1♂ Portella de Mantet , Ull de Ter , Setcases (Girona), 6 / 7.VII.2012, M. Dvorak leg.   ; 1♂ Baths of Panticosa , Panticosa (Huesca), 1650 m, 30TYN23, 11/ 12.VII.2012, M. Dvorak leg.   ; 1♂ Balneario de Panticosa (Huesca), 1600 m, 30TYN23, 23-VII-1995, J. Gastón leg.   ; 1♂ Valle del Real , Robireña , Bielsa (Huesca), 2850 m, 12/ 13.VII.2012, M. Dvorak leg.   ; 3♂♂ C. c. vernetensis: Fillols , Pyr. Or. ( France), 1300 m. 14.VII.1996, Peslier leg.  

Diagnosis. The antennae have the scape, pedicel, flagellum and teeth completely black in C. c. rippertii   , which is usually a little smaller than the nominate C. c. cribraria   . This taxon is characterized by the dark greyish forewing upperside, and hindwings which are blackish and darker than in any of the congeners. Underside of all wings and abdomen are entirely blackish.

Description. Imago ( Figs 5–6 View FIGURES 1–8 ). Average wingspan 29.93 mm (n = 15; 24–34 mm).

Genitalia ( Fig. 31 View FIGURE 31 ). There are no structural differences in comparison with the nominate subspecies, C. c. cribraria   or with C. c. benderi   and C. c. ibicenca.

Immature stages. Not studied.

Molecular data. The five genetically investigated specimens differ by 0–1.30% uncorrected p-distance from each other, with an average of 0.52%. The p-distances to other C. cribraria   specimens range from 0.86% to 7.34%; the lowest p-distance (0.86%) is with two C. cribraria   specimens from Provence-Alpes-Cote-d’Azur in S-France ( KX 042015 View Materials , KX 042130 View Materials ), the highest p-distance (7.34%) with a specimen of C. cribraria   from the Potenza Province in S-Italy ( HM 914014 View Materials )   and with a specimen of C. cribraria   from Rieti Province in Central Italy ( HQ 968399 View Materials )   .

In the wingless gene, the single successfully sequenced specimen of C. c. rippertii   differs by 0–0.30% from other C. cribraria   specimens.

The clade of Coscinia   c. rippertii   is not supported in either the Bayesian inference (PP<0.90) or the ML analysis (BS<50%). It is part of a strongly supported clade (1.00 PP, 99% BS) comprising C. c. ibicenca and two specimens identified as C. cribraria   from W-Maurion in the southern French Provence-Alpes-Cote-d’Azur ( KX 042015, KX 042130)   .

Biology. Univoltine, with a single generation flying from the end of June to mid-August. This subspecies prefers stony and sunny slopes, always at high altitudes ranging from 1,500 to 2,800 m. Like Spiris   , the males are seldom attracted by artificial light, hardly so the females; both sexes can be found by day perched on the ground, and take flight if disturbed. The larvae feed on a large variety of plants, among them Plantago   , Taraxacum   , Erica   and grasses ( Poaceae   ) ( Ylla et al. 2010).

Distribution ( Fig. 53 View FIGURE 53 ). Endemic to High Pyrenees, found only in localized colonies from few localities on both the French and Spanish sides.

Remarks. Coscinia   c. rippertii   was described by Boisduval (1834) as Emydia rippertii   of the Spanish Pyrenees. In Études de Lépidoptérologie Comparée, Oberthür (1911) presents a wide discussion on forms and distribution of his Emydia rippertii   and describes three new subspecies of cribraria   , C. c. vernetensis and C. c. canigulensis of the French Pyrénées Orientals and C. c. rondoui of the Hautes Pyrénées, all of which are synonymized with C. c. rippertii   .


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Coscinia cribraria rippertii (Boisduval, 1834)

Macià, Ramon, Mally, Richard, Ylla, Josep, Gastón, Javier & Huertas, Manuel 2019

Euprepia cribraria rondoui Oberthür, 1911

Oberthur 1911

Euprepia cribraria vernetensis Oberthür, 1911

Oberthur 1911

Euprepia cribraria canigulensis Oberthür, 1911

Oberthur 1911