Catasticta flisa viloriai, Bollino, Maurizio & Costa, Mauro, 2007

Bollino, Maurizio & Costa, Mauro, 2007, An illustrated annotated check-list of the species of Catasticta (s. l.) Butler (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) of Venezuela, Zootaxa 1469, pp. 1-42: 3-4

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Catasticta flisa viloriai

ssp. nov.

Catasticta flisa viloriai  ssp. nov.

Holotype: male, Cerro Quiriquire (S. Antonio), Estado Monagas, Venezuela, 1500m, 14 -VIII- 2005, col. Costa, in MIZA (fig. 3: g-h)

Description: FW length: 27 mm.

Dorsal surface: blackish ground-color with white marking. A series of evident premarginal white dots on either FWs and HWs, the apical ones of FWs clearly elongated; submarginal white spots of HWs elongated. Ventral surface: FWs with white discal spots highly suffused by dark scales; premarginal yellow spots very elongated, nearly merged with submarginal ones; HWs with submarginal yellow interneural spots elongated.

Diagnostic characters: the new subspecies is characterized by strongly elongated white submarginal spots of either dorsal and ventral FWs and HWs, thus permitting an immediate visual recognition, and approaching ssp. duna Eitschberger & Racheli, 1998 from North-Western Ecuador. In nearby ssp. briseis, corresponding spots are always small and rounded.

Paratypes (4 males, 1 female): 1 male, same data as HT, but 22 -VII- 2005; 1 female, same data as HT, but 1200 m., 31 -III- 2005, all in MCCV; 1 male, same data as HT, but 20 -VII- 2005, DNA sample n° 146; 1 male, same data as HT, but 14 -VIII- 2005, all in MBLI; 1 male, same data as HT, but 21 -VII- 2005, in FRSV. Distribution: the new subspecies is restricted to Serranía del Turimiquire, where it is quite scarce and localized. Apparently C. flisa  is the only known species of Catasticta  in the area.

Etymology: a noun in the genitive case after Angel Viloria (Maracaibo, Venezuela) for his rediscovery of the interesting butterfly fauna of Serranía del Turimiquire ( Viloria & Camacho, 1999).


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