Notes on the genus <i>Calisto, </i>with descriptions of the immature stages (Part 2) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae).


  • A. Sourakov


Caribbean, Dominican Republic, eggs, Gramineae, Hispaniola, hostplants, larvae, Neotropical, Puerto Rico, pupae, taxonomy, West Indies


The biology of Calisto crypto Gali, C. nubila Lathy, and C. tasajera Gonzalez, Schwartz & Wetherbee is described for the first time and the taxonomic implications of these data for the genus are discussed. Characters supporting relatedness of these species to each other and to other species complexes of Calisto are found in immature stages and in the structures of male and female genitalia. The latter are illustrated for the members of the lyceia species complex and relationships between these species are suggested. C. hendersoni Gali is suggested to be a synonym of C. franciscoi. A little known species, C. raburni Gali is found to be the most distinct member of the complex, and an additional locality for it (Dominican Republic: Polo, Barahona Prov.) is provided. New collecting data for the recently discoveredC. tasajera add to the knowledge of this species' natural history. Finally, a theory of diversification is proposed for the lyceia complex.