Theclinae of Rondonia, Brazil: <I>Strymon</I> Hubner, with descriptions of new species (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)


  • George T. Austin
  • Kurt Johnson


Brazil, hairstreaks, Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Strymon, Theclinae, tropical


Twenty-two species of Strymon are known from the vicinity of Cacaulandia in Rondonia, Brazil, of which 14 are new species. These belong to 5 species groups: the "oreala" group [Strymon megarus (Godart)]; the "ziba" group [Strymon zibci (Hewitson), Strymoii thulia (Hewitson), Strymon spinatu.s new species, Strymon latamaculus new species, Strymon pallidulus new species, Strymon tholus new species]; "valentina" group [Strymon rotundum new species]; "crossoea" group [Strymon crossoea (Hewitson), Strymon crambusa (Hewitson), Strymon germana new species, Strymon novasignum new species, Strymon clavus new species, Strymon implexus new species, Strymon inmirum new species, Sirymon incanus new species, Strymon faunalia (Hewitson), Strymon halos new species, Strymon conspergus new species, Strymon bazochii (Godart), Strymon. diagonalis new species]; and "eurytulus" group [Strymon bubastus (Stoll)]. Tentative subgroups of species are suggested for the "crossoea" group as they occur in Rondonia. A neotype is designated for Tmolus basilides and the name synonymized with Strymon megarus. The "basilides" group of Johnson et al. (1990) is renamed the "ziba" group. Based on lectotype designations and superficial and genital differences, S. ziba. and S. thulia are elevated to specific status.