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Systematics and faunistics of Neotropical Eucosmini. 1. Chimoptesis Powell, 1964
(Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)
Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Slawkowska 17, 31-016 Kraków, Poland.
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Reserve Serra Bonita, P.O. Box 01, 45880-970, BA, Brazil. E-mail: [email protected])
Twenty-one new species of Chimoptesis are described and illustrated: C. costaricae (TL: Costa Rica: San José), C. phanera (TL: Mexico: Chiapas), C. rubigo (TL: Mexico: Chiapas), C. rosariana (TL: Cuba: Pinar Rio), C. miniaula (TL: Mexico: Chiapas), C. kallion (TL: Mexico: Chiapas), C. potosiana (TL: Mexico: Nuevo Leon), C. obliquaria (TL: Mexico:
Nuevo Leon), C. angulata (TL: Mexico: Chiapas), C. dentitia (TL: Mexico: Chiapas), C. faceta (TL: Mexico: Nuevo Leon), C. caera (TL: Mexico: Chiapas), C. castanescens (TL: Mexico: Chiapas), C. albomixta (TL: Mexico: Distrito Federal), C. cornigera (TL: Mexico: Nuevo Leon), C. mitrion (TL: Mexico: Nuevo Leon), C. setoses (TL: Cuba: Santiago),
C. juniptesis (TL: Mexico: Chiapas), C. tamaulipasia (TL: Mexico: Tamaulipas), C. zoquiapana (Mexico: Distrito Federal), and C. rufobrunnea (TL: Costa Rica: San José). Formerly known only from the U.S., Chimoptesis is recorded south
to Costa Rica in Central America and Cuba in the Caribbean.
Key words: Chimoptesis, Costa Rica, Cuba, Epinotia, Lepidoptera, new species, New World, systematics Tortricidae
Chimoptesis Powell, 1964 was described for four North American species: C. chrysopyla Powell, 1964 from
California (type species); C. matheri Powell, 1964 from Mississippi; C. pennsylvaniana (Kearfott, 1907) from
Pennsylvania; and C. gerulae (Heinrich, 1923) from Pennsylvania. Gilligan et al. (2008) provided illustrations of
adults and genitalia of C. gerulae and C. pennsylvaniana and incorrectly mentioned habrosana Heinrich, 1923 as a
member of the genus. The purpose of this contribution is to describe 21 new species, all of which occur south of the
U.S. border, increasing the number of described species in the genus to 25 and broadening the known geographic
range to include Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean (Cuba). It is likely that other genera considered to be
restricted to the Nearctic region will be discovered far to the south in the higher elevations of Central America.
Material and methods
The specimens examined were collected by the second author in Costa Rica, Cuba, and Mexico at elevations
ranging from 400 m (Cuba) to 3100 m (Costa Rica). The material currently is retained in V.O. Becker personal
collection but eventually will be deposited in a major collection in Brazil. Abbreviations are as follows: GS =
genitalia slide, WZ = Witold Zajda.
The original description of Chimoptesis by Powell (1964) is sufficient to accommodate the morphological diversity
of the species described in this paper. However, a few modifications of the original description are proposed
204 Accepted by J. Brown: 2 Mar. 2015; published: 31 Mar. 2015
FIGURES 51–52. Adults of Chimoptesis. 51, Chimoptesis zoquiapana (holotype male), 52, Chimoptesis rufobrunnea
(holotype male).
We thank John W. Brown, USDA, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, National Museum Natural History,
Washington, DC, for editorial assistance. We also thank Witold Zajda and Artur Czekaj, Cracow, who dissected the
moths, photographed the material, and arranged the plates.
Literature cited
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Powell, J.A. (1964) A review of Griselda, with descriptions of a related new genus and two species (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).
Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 40, 85–97.
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