Observations on the spectral reflectances of certain high Andean Penaincisalia and Thecloxurina, with the description of a new species (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Eumaeini)

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The eumaeine hairstreak species Thecloxurina tegulina Bálint and Boyer, sp. n. from SW Peru, department Apurimac (type locality: Karkatera, NW of Ampay, 3,200 m, 13°34′286″S; 72°58′501″W) is described on the basis of qualitative and quantitative wing pattern, male genital and spectral characters. The spectral reflectance of the closely related genera Penaincisalia and Thecloxurina are investigated and compared. It is demonstrated that the spectral characteristics of the two genera are qualitatively differing, and the taxa investigated representing the two genera (Penaincisalia:Thecloxurina = 3:5) also have characteristic species dependent reflectance peaks measured at normal incidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1793-1804
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Natural History
Issue number25-26
Publication statusPublished - Aug 25 2008



  • Andes
  • Discolouration
  • Eumaeini
  • Lycaenidae
  • Penaincisalia
  • Reflectance
  • Scale nanostructure
  • South America Thecloxurina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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