Astraptes augeas, BROWER, 2010

BROWER, ANDREW V. Z., 2010, Alleviating the taxonomic impediment of DNA barcoding and setting a bad precedent: names for ten species of ‘ Astraptes fulgerator’ (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Eudaminae) with DNA-based diagnoses, Systematics and Biodiversity 8 (4), pp. 485-491: 486

publication ID 10.1080/14772000.2010.534512

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Astraptes augeas

sp. nov.

Astraptes augeas   sp. nov.

Type locality Costa Rica, Alajuela Prov. Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Sector Cacao, Sendero Maritza, 10.93644 ° N, 85.47764 ° W, 760 m. GoogleMaps  

Diagnosis. The species may be differentiated from other members of the Astraptes fulgerator   complex by the following combination of character states of the DNA barcode: 121 T; 123C; 298 T. All of these are unique states for A. augeas   with respect to other members of the A. fulgerator   complex.

Holotype. Voucher 02-SRNP-23926, deposited at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Note: This species corresponds to the OTU ‘LOHAMP’ of Hebert et al. (2004).

Etymology. The name augeas   is a noun in apposition. In Greek mythology, Augeas of Elis was the owner of the stables that comprised Heracles’ Fifth Labour. The name recognizes the enormous throughput of the ACG barcoding endeavour and the resultant labour required of systematists.


Tavera, Department of Geology and Geophysics