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Published: 2020-07-30
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DNA barcodes, morphology and geographic distribution confirm a new butterfly species in the genus Rhamma (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)

Corporación Universitaria Autónoma del Cauca, Popayán, Colombia Universidad del Atlántico, Departamento de Biología, Barranquilla, Colombia.
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, GSM, Facultad de Ciencias, sede Medellín.
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, GSM, Facultad de Ciencias, sede Medellín.
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, GSM, Facultad de Ciencias, sede Medellín.
Barcoding Biodiversity Colombia Eumaeini mtDNA Theclinae


We diagnose a new butterfly species from the Belmira paramo in the central cordillera of the Colombian Andes. We infer from the barcoding analysis, wing pattern, morphology and distribution that this entity is not a geographical variation or subspecies of any named lycaenid, and it is described herein as Rhamma eleonorae sp. nov. Adult specimens and female genitalia are illustrated and compared with R. arria (Hewitson, 1870) and R. oxida (Hewitson, 1870), the most closely related taxa based on similarities of wing pattern and COI sequences.


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