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Astraptes fulgerator (Walch 1775)

Andrew V. Z. Brower and Andrew Warren
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Containing group: Astraptes fulgerator complex


The neotropical skipper Astraptes fulgerator has been described as "ten species in one" based on a DNA barcode study of specimens from the Guanacaste dry forest in Costa Rica (Hebert et al. 2004). Brower (2010) has provided names and diagnoses based on DNA barcodes for those ten species, but it is not clear which of them (if any) corresponds to the concept of Astraptes fulgerator. The complex ranges from southern Mexico to Bolivia.


Brower, AVZ. 2010. Alleviating the taxonomic impediment of DNA barcoding and setting a bad precedent: names for ten species of 'Astraptes fulgerator' (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Eudaminae with DNA-based diagnoses. Systematics and Biodiversity 8: 485-491.

Hebert PDN, Penton EH, Burns JM, Janzen DH, and Hallwachs W. 2004. Ten species in one: DNA barcoding reveals cryptic species in the neotropical skipper butterfly Astraptes fulgerator. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 101: 14812-14817.

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Scientific Name Astraptes fulgerator
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By Andrew Warren
Life Cycle Stage adult
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