Monday, April 19, 2021

[Entomology • 2021] Abantiades penneshawensis & A. rubrus • Two New Endemic Species of Abantiades Herrich-Schäffer (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) from Kangaroo Island, Australia


 Abantiades rubrus &  A. penneshawensis 
Moore & Beaver  

in Moore, Beaver, Velasco-Castrillón & Stevens, 2021. 

Abantiades penneshawensis Moore & Beaver sp. nov. and Abantiades rubrus Moore & Beaver sp. nov. are described as new. Both species are endemic to Kangaroo Island, and although both are related to species that occur on the Australian mainland and other islands, they are distinguished from those sister and phenotypically similar species by morphology and mtDNA (COI) barcodes. These two new species raise the number of Abantiades species on Kangaroo Island to six, three being endemic, and 45 species in the genus for the whole of Australia. There are now 13 species of Hepialidae (one undescribed) known from Kangaroo Island and we discuss the potential effects of recent catastrophic fire on some distributions.

Keywords: DNA barcodes, hepialine, morphology, species divergence, taxonomy

Michael D. Moore, Ethan P. Beaver, Alejandro Velasco-Castrillón and Mark I. Stevens. 2021. Two New Endemic Species of Abantiades Herrich-Schäffer (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) from Kangaroo Island, Australia. Zootaxa. 4951(3); 571–597. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4951.3.9