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New genus and species for common Amazonian butterfly

AutorInnen: 
Nakahara, S., Lamas, G., Willmott, K., Espeland, M.
Erscheinungsjahr: 
2020
Vollständiger Titel: 
Description of a new genus and species for a common and widespread Amazonian satyrine butterfly (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae: Satyrini)
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Publiziert in: 
PeerJ
Publikationstyp: 
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
DOI Name: 
https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.10324
Bibliographische Angaben: 
Nakahara, S., Lamas, G., Willmott, K., Espeland, M. (2020): Description of a new genus and species for a common and widespread Amazonian satyrine butterfly (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae: Satyrini) PeerJ 8:e10324 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.10324
Abstract: 


We here propose a new monotypic butterfly genus Scriptor Nakahara & Espeland, n. gen. to accommodate a new species, S. sphenophorus Lamas & Nakahara, n. sp., described and named herein. Scriptor sphenophorus n. gen. and n. sp.is a relatively common and widespread butterfly species which is recovered as a member of the so-called “Splendeuptychia clade” in the nymphalid subtribe Euptychiina, based on our molecular phylogenetic analysis using a maximum likelihood approach. Nevertheless, its sister group is not confidently resolved in any analysis, supporting a relatively distant relationship to any described genus as well as our decision to establish a new monotypic genus. We further discuss the proposed taxonomy in the light of frequent criticism of the description of monotypic taxa, as well as emphasize the importance of incorporating multiple evidence when describing new genera, illustrated by reference to several recent generic descriptions in this subtribe.