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New species of geometrid moths from Lesotho (Lepidoptera: Geometroidea)

  • Journal Title: Annals of the Transvaal Museum
  • Volume: Volume 42
  • Issue: 
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 19  - 45
  • Authors:  M. Kruger;
  • ISSN: 00411752
  • Abstract:  Eighteen species of geometrid moths belonging to various subfamilies are described as new as part of the preparations for an annotated checklist of the Lepidoptera of Lesotho. With few exceptions these species are either endemic or largely restricted to alpine grasslands between 2500 and 3100 m. The species described as new are: Prosomphax horitropha spec. nov. (Geometrinae), Piercia alpinaria spec. nov., Piercia lichenocosmia spec. nov., Piercia petraria spec. nov., Entephria aurisquamaria spec. nov., Entephria glaucocyma spec. nov., Entephria mesozona spec. nov., Entephria leucosticta spec. nov., Entephria maraisi spec. nov. (Larentiinae), Drepanogynis miltodes spec. nov., Drepanogynis nephelochroa spec. nov., Drepanogynis styx spec. nov., Pachycnemoides atopa spec. nov., Aethiopodes saxeticola spec. nov., Parectropis pectinicornis spec. nov., Parectropis alticolaria spec. nov., Gnophos spinicosta spec. nov., and Gnophos truncatipennis (Ennominae). Three new combinations are proposed: Entephria epipercna (Prout, 1913) comb. nov. (Larentiinae) (from Perizoma Hübner), Parectropis simplex (Warren, 1914) comb. nov. and Parectropis delosaria (Walker) comb. nov. (Ennominae) (both from Ectropis Hübner). The predominantly Holarctic genus Entephria Hübner, [1825], and the Palaearctic and Oriental genus Parectropis Sato, 1980, are recorded from the Afrotropical region for the first time.
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