A remarkable new species of Phocides (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) from Bolivia and taxonomic considerations on Phocides charon

Ricardo Russo Siewert, Gabriela Leviski, Olaf Mielke, Mirna Casagrande


A new skipper butterfly, Phocides petroleum Siewert, Leviski, Mielke & Casagrande n. sp. is described and illustrated from Caranavi, La Paz Department, Bolivia. The new species seems closely related to Phocides charon (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1859) but could be easily distinguished by a set of external characteristics. Lectotypes are designated for Erycides charon C. Felder & R. Felder, 1859 and Erycides scython Godman & Salvin, 1879.

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