n African Entomology - Two new combinations in Thaumatotibia Zacher (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) from Réunion Island, with an updated list of the Afrotropical species : short communication
|Article Title||Two new combinations in Thaumatotibia Zacher (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) from Réunion Island, with an updated list of the Afrotropical species : short communication|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Affiliations||1 Rhodes University and 2 National Museum of Natural History, USA|
|Publication Date||Sep 2014|
|Pages||678 - 680|
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: Cryptophlebia colasi, C. destrumeli and C. gaetani, 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 C. colasi and C. destrumeli are difficult to interpret because the valvae are not spread), and they provide evidence that the species should be assigned to genera other than Cryptophlebia. Guillermet (2011) subsequently recognized that C. gaetani was a synonym of Eccopsis praecedens 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 Cryptophlebia are assigned more appropriately to Thaumatotibia 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 Thaumatotibia of the Afrotropical Region.
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