Lethe elwesi (Moore, 1892), Moore, 1892

Lang, Song-Yun & Bozano, Gian Cristoforo, 2015, Lethe elwesi (Moore) stat. rev., a distinct species, with description of a new subspecies from NW Yunnan, China (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae), Zootaxa 4058 (1), pp. 127-134: 128

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scientific name

Lethe elwesi (Moore, 1892)
status

stat. rev.

Lethe elwesi (Moore, 1892)   stat. rev.

( Figs. 7–10 View FIGURES 1 – 8 View FIGURES 9 – 16 , 38 View FIGURES 35 – 38. 35 )

Zophoessa elwesi Moore, 1892   . Lep. ind. 1: 298, pl. 92: 3, ♂. Type locality: E. Himalayas; Sikkim; Bhotan.

Lethe jalaurida elwesi: Fruhstorfer   in Seitz, 1911. Macrolepid. world 9: 313; Evans, 1912. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 21 (2): 567; Talbot, [1949]. Fauna Brit. India, Butt. 2: 183; D’Abrera, 1985. Butt. Orient. 2: 416; Huang, 2001. Neue Ent. Nach. 70: 94; Lang, [2014]. Neue Ent. Nach. 70: 301, figs: 7.

Lethe jalaurida   var. elwesi: Gaede   in Strand, 1931. Lep. Cat. 43: 296.

Zophoessa jalaurida: Elwes   (nec de Nicéville), 1888. Trans. Ent. Soc. London 1888: 320, pl. VIII: 4; Seitz, 1907. Macrolepid. world 1: 87, pl. 32: c.

Materials examined. 3 ♂♂, BHUTAN: Jakar, Bumthang trek, W of Phephe La, 2700 m, 4.VI. 2008 leg. G. C. Bozano (GCB); 6 ♂♂, CHINA: Tibet, Medog, 62 K to 52 K, 2800–3400 m, 19.VII. 2012, leg. S-y. Lang (LSY); 4 ♂♂, CHINA: Tibet, Medog, 62 K, 2800 m, 13.VIII. 2012, leg. S-y. Lang (LSY); 1 ♂, ditto (HH).

Diagnosis. Lethe elwesi   can be distinguished from L. jalaurida   by the combination of the following characters: a) Usually larger in size (forewing length: 24–27 mm in elwesi   ; 24–25 mm in jalaurida   ); b) Ventral forewing, dark postdiscal band, bordered distally by yellow, has an irregular shape, whereas it forms three sharp regular angles in spaces 1, 2 and 3 in L. jalaurida   ; c) Ventral hindwing, silver discal band is continuous, whereas it is broken in cells 3 and 4 in L. jalaurida   ; d) Ventral hindwing, basal half silver markings are more developed than those of L. jalaurida   ; Male genitalia ( Figs. 20 View FIGURES 17 – 22 , 26 View FIGURES 23 – 28 , 32): e) The uncus of this species is longer than that of L. jalaurida   ( Figs. 21, 22 View FIGURES 17 – 22 ); f) The gnathos is longer than that of L. jalaurida   ; f) The aedeagus has a slender dorsal ridge near its cephalic end, whereas the dorsal surface of aedeagus is smooth in L. jalaurida   .

Distribution. China (SE Tibet), Sikkim, Bhutan.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Nymphalidae

Genus

Lethe