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Phylogeny and Taxonomy of the Neotropical Thepytus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Theclinae)

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Robbins, Robert K. [1] ; Busby, Robert ; Duarte, Marcelo [2]
Número total de Autores: 3
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[1] Smithsonian Inst, Dept Entomol, Washington, DC 20013 - USA
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Museu Zool, BR-04263000 Sao Paulo - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 2
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: ARTHROPOD SYSTEMATICS & PHYLOGENY; v. 68, n. 1, p. 35-52, FEB 26 2010.
Citações Web of Science: 7

The Neotropical lycaenid hairstreak genus Thepytus Robbins and its eight species are revised. Species treatments summarize nomenclature, distribution, habitat, behavior, and diagnostic traits, as well as noting why each species is considered distinct under a biological species concept. An identification key for males and a checklist are included. Beatheclus Balint \& Dahners new synonym is synonymized with Thepytus, and Theppus beatrizae (Balint \& Dahners) is a new combination. Other nomenclatural actions include the description of Thepytus jennifer Busby \& Robbins new species. Thepytus nancyana Busby \& Robbins new species, and Thepytus carmen Robbins \& Duarte new species. A lectotype is designated or Thecla thyrea Hewitson, 1867, to ensure stability of this name. A phylogenetic analysis based on 22 coded morphological characters yields one equal weight most parsimonious 39-step tree. Implied weighting does not change the tree topology. Unambiguous changes in elevation optimized on the cladogram show that a montane lineage of Thepytus colonized the lowlands in at least one instance. The use of T. echelta (Hewitson) as a biological control agent for Psittacanthus (Loranthaceae) is discussed. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 02/13898-0 - Sistemática, bionomia e evolução dos Lepidoptera neotropicais
Beneficiário:Marcelo Duarte da Silva
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Apoio a Jovens Pesquisadores