Review of the West Indian Astraptes xagua (Lucas) complex (Hesperiidae: Eudaminae) with the description of a new subspecies from the Bahamas

Stephen R. Steinhauser(1)†, Jacqueline Y. Miller(1)*, Nick Grishin(1, 2)

(1)McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, 3215 Hull Road, UF Cultural Plaza, P. O. Box 112710, Gainesville, Florida 32611-2710;

(2)Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Departments of Biophysics and Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75390-9050
† Deceased 11August 2007.

The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera

Volume 49: 81-90

ISSN 0022-4324 (print)
ISSN 2156-5457 (online)

Abstract. Astraptes xagua (Lucas) is one of six species within the genus recorded from Cuba, Hispaniola, and the Bahamas in the West Indies. Although Steinhauser and J.Y. Miller completed a review of Astraptes based on morphological characters, the advent of molecular phylogenetic analysis provides further insight into the current status of the Astraptes xagua complex. We reinstate A. christyi (Sharpe) as a species-level taxon based on the differences in genitalia and COI barcodes, and describe a new subspecies, A. xagua harveyi Clench, Steinhauser and J. Y. Miller, type locality North Andros Island, Bahamas. Thus, the A. xagua complex consists of two species, one of which is divided into two subspecies.

Key words: Bahamas, neotropical, COI, genitalia.

Resumen. Astraptes xagua (Lucas) es una de las seis especies dentro del género registrado para Cuba, la Española, y las Bahamas en las Indias Occidentales. Aunque Steinhauser y J.Y. Miller completaron un examen de Astraptes basado en caracteres morfológicos, el advenimiento del análisis filogenético molecular proporciona información sobre el estado actual de la especies del complejo Astraptes xagua. Restablecemos A. christyi (Sharpe) como especie basados en las diferencias en los genitales y el COI, códigos de barras y describimos una nueva subespecie A. xagua harveyi Clench, Steinhauser y J. Y.Miller cuya localidad tipo es el norte de la isla de Andros, en las Bahamas. Así, el complejo A.xagua consta de dos especies, una de las cuales se divide en dos subespecies.

Palabras clave: Bahamas, neotropical, COI, genitalia.

Received: 14 June 2016
Accepted: 9 February 2017

Published online at on 2 April 2017

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