Rejectaria splendida Schaus, 1912

Goldstein, Paul Z., Janzen, Daniel H., Hallwachs, Winnie & Proshek, Benjamin, 2022, New species in Rejectaria Guenée (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Herminiinae) with a focus on the Cyclanthaceae-feeders, Zootaxa 5087 (3), pp. 451-483 : 460-462

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Rejectaria splendida Schaus, 1912


Rejectaria splendida Schaus, 1912

Habitus Figs 17–18 View FIGURES 13–20 , 25–26, 28. Male genitalia Figs 53 View FIGURES 51–56 , 75–76 View FIGURES 73–80 . Female genitalia Fig. 91 View Figures 85–92

Regectaria [ sic] splendida, 1912 , Annals and Magazine of Natural History 8, 9: 209.Type locality: Costa Rica: Juan Vinas (Syntypes ♂, ♀, USNM)

Material examined. Type material: Rejectaria splendida Syntypes (1♂, 1♀). COSTA RICA : 1♂, Juan Vinas CR, Nov., Rejectaria splendida type Schs., Type No. 17530 U.S. N.M., USNMENT00973707, USNM slide 148598 ; 1♀, Juan Vinas CR, Nov, Schaus and Barnes Coll , Rejectaria splendida Schs ♀, USNMENT01756004, USNM slide 148641.

Diagnosis. See Diagnosis for atrax , above.

Supplement to original description. Head. (Figs 25, 26, 28) Frons, vertex dark brown; antennae setoseciliate; male palpi (Fig. 25) predominantly brown with scattered white scales; overall shape squared, the 1 st and 2 nd segments forming right angles, 1 st segment turned upward at a 90˚ angle before meeting the 2 nd segment; 2 nd segment curving gently for most of its length before turning sharply backward, well above the head; when everted from the 3 rd segment, hair pencils forming expansive tan-colored fans; female palpi (Figs 26, 28) with 2 nd segment more than twice as long as either of the other two; third segment bladelike, vaguely hastate, white scales at base and tip.

Thorax. Wings— (males, 24.5, n=2; female, 25mm, n=1) FW with dark brown median field, heterogeneous pale frosting in basal and postmedial fields, frosting in the postmedial area concentrated in the subapical patch and towards the pm line where it meets the inner margin; st line a faint discontinuous series of white markings, terminal line a series of white dashes; finge brown; pm, st and terminal lines continue on HW; HW paler, more dingy gray-brown than FW. Legs— (Figs 25, 26, 28) Scaling predominantly chocolate brown with incomplete creamcolored segmental bands on legs and at base of tibial spurs; male forefemoral tuft present, chocolate brown with scattered white scaling; foretibia cream-colored laterally; female foreleg and midleg with additional white scaling at segments.

Abdomen. Gray-brown above, concolorous with hindwing uppersides.

Male genitalia. ( Figs 53 View FIGURES 51–56 , 75–76 View FIGURES 73–80 ) Uncus elongate, setose, sheepsfoot-shaped; costal margin sclerotized throughout, free distally as a thumblike protruberance; outer margin not smooth, but with 2-3 protrusions bearing small setal tufts; vinculum bluntly tapered; phallic ridge undeveloped; vesica with small subbasal ridge-like field of minute spines; microspines diffusely distributed on basal lobes; body of vesica flanked by sub-conical lobes; spinules concentrated on subbasal lobe.

Female genitalia. Unknown.

Immature stages. Unknown.

Biology. Unknown.

Distribution. Known from Costa Rica

Remarks. See Remarks under R. atrax , above.


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