Two new species of Clito from South America and a revision of the Clito littera group (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Pyrginae)

Zootaxa. 2014 Sep 15;3861(3):231-48. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3861.3.2.


Two new species of Clito from the C. littera group are described: C. palotschka, sp. nov. from the Chocó region in Ecuador is the most distinctive in the group, and C. litteroides, sp. nov. from Venezuela is superficially more similar to C. littera differing mostly in the shape of male genitalic valvae. Comparative analyses of male genitalia and wing patterns suggest that C. anda Evans, 1953, new status; and C. nebulosa (Draudt, 1924), reinstated status are species-level taxa. A lectotype for Telemiades littera Mabille, 1877 is designated to ensure nomenclatural stability. Primary type specimens of all seven species in the C. littera group are illustrated with photographs, and an identification key to males is given.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Distribution
  • Animal Structures / anatomy & histology
  • Animal Structures / growth & development
  • Animals
  • Body Size
  • Lepidoptera / anatomy & histology
  • Lepidoptera / classification*
  • Lepidoptera / growth & development
  • Male
  • Organ Size
  • South America