n African Entomology - Two new combinations in Zacher (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) from Réunion Island, with an updated list of the Afrotropical species : short communication

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



Our knowledge of the Lepidoptera fauna of Réunion Island has grown tremendously over the last decade, nearly exclusively as a result of the diligent efforts of Christian Guillermet (e.g. 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012). In 2006, Guillermet (2006) described three new species of Tortricidae from Réunion: and , and provided the first records of seven additional microlepidoptera. The descriptions and illustrations of the new tortricids are complete (even though the illustrations of the genitalia of and are difficult to interpret because the valvae are not spread), and they provide evidence that the species should be assigned to genera other than . Guillermet (2011) subsequently recognized that was a synonym of Walsingham, 1897, which was reported from Réunion Island and illustrated by Aarvik (2005: fig. 11), and he made that correction. However, the other two species remaining in are assigned more appropriately to Zacher, 1915. The purpose of this note is to propose two new combinations, discuss the characters that support these generic reassignments, and provide an updated list of the of the Afrotropical Region.

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