RHODOPRASINA MATEJI Brechlin & Melichar, 2006

Male Rhodoprasina mateji, Songluohe, Daba Shan, Hubei, China. HOLOTYPE. Photo: © Ronald Brechlin.

TAXONOMY

Rhodoprasina mateji Brechlin & Melichar, 2006. Nachr. entomol. Ver. Apollo (N.F.) 27(3): 153. Type locality: China, Hubei, Daba Shan, Songluohe, 31°37'N, 110°33'E, 1300-1800m.

Note. Although very limited at the moment, barcoding results indicate that Rhodoprasina winbrechlini Brechlin, 1996, Rhodoprasina corolla Cadiou & Kitching, 1990, and Rhodoprasina mateji Brechlin & Melichar, 2006 may be variants of the same species (Ian Kitching, pers. obs. 2008).


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Males with characteristically long antennae, which extend beyond the forewing discal spot, a feature it shares with R. corolla Cadiou & Kitching, 1990 and R. winbrechlini Brechlin, 1996. Forewing matt green, without the bluish tint of R. corolla or R. winbrechlini. Apex of forewing markedly hooked. Red of hindwing upperside confined to the basal third.


ADULT BIOLOGY

Unknown.


FLIGHT-TIME

China: iv (Hubei).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown, but the related R. floralis (Butler) from northern India has been recorded from Acer campbelli (Aceraceae) (Fellowes-Manson, 1906).


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Hubei (Songluohe, Daba Shan, 1300-1800m).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

So far, only known from Hubei, China.


Regional distribution of Rhodoprasina mateji. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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