Bia rebeli cuprea Penz & Casagrande,

Penz, Carla M., Casagrande, Mirna M., Devries, Phil & Simonsen, Thomas J., 2017, Documenting diversity in the Amazonian butterfly genus Bia (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae), Zootaxa 4258 (3), pp. 201-237: 220

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Bia rebeli cuprea Penz & Casagrande


Bia rebeli cuprea Penz & Casagrande  , NEW SSP.

( Figs 7View FIGURE 7 a –c, 10j, 12)

Diagnostic description. Defined by the following combination of characters: (1) MF DFW white apical ocelli small. (2) MF DFW orange band wide, orange scales extended proximally along veins, including the anterior tip of discal cell. (3) M DFW iridescent band absent or barely visible at tornus only. F DFW iridescent band shorter, more diffuse and narrower than that of actorion  , especially noticeable below CuA2 where the iridescence is less extended towards the tornus. (4) DFW androconial organ on Cu-CuA2 pale, contrasting scale color of surrounding area. (5) M DHW discal androconial pad cream-colored. (6) M DHW discal hairpencil pale brown to cream-colored. (7) F VFW ripple pattern usually slightly less dense than that of M, with the VFW postmedial area showing a more predominantly yellow color.

Etymology. Cuprum is the Latin word for copper, which is used in reference to the fact that males of rebeli cuprea  lack blue iridescence, being only orange and brown dorsally.

Type material. Holotype M ( Fig. 7View FIGURE 7 a), deposited in the DZUP collection, five labels separated by // and transcribed verbatim: HOLOTYPUS // Comunidade Paxiúba , Rio Abacaxis , Borba, Amaz [onas], 2–4-VI -2008, 4°28’48’’S 58°34’24’’ Mielke & Casagrande leg. // gen.[itália] prep.[arada] Casagrande, 2011 // DZ 16.378 // Holotypus Bia rebeli cuprea Penz & Casagrande, 2017    . Paratypes are listed in Appendix, and Fig. 7View FIGURE 7 b –c show paratypes F and M.

Distribution and examined specimens. Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 and Appendix.

Remarks. Eurides Furtado (private collection, Appendix) provided photographs of two females seemingly of rebeli cuprea  from Brazil, Amazonas, Maués (Penera River). Note that the examined material includes one male and two females from the Amazonian municipality of Manacapuru, which extends north and south of the Solimões River . Although we find it less likely that B. rebeli cuprea  was collected north of the Solimões, this should be confirmed in future fieldwork.