TaractroceriniAndrew V. Z. Brower and Andrew Warren
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Taractrocerini is an Australasian group, whose westernmost exemplars reach Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and whose center of diversity is New Guinea. Larvae feed on grasses and other monocots.
de Jong (2008) lists the following characters for the members of this tribe:
- presence of a long thin tuft of hairs at the vase of the costa of the hindwing fitting into a groove on the underside of the forewing under the radius
- strongly simplified male genitalia, lacking a gnathos and with valvae not subdivided into discrete parts
The partially-resolved tree is based on the discussion in de Jong and Treadaway (2007) and de Jong (2008). The character uniting Banta, Kobrona, Mimene and Sabera is presence of antennae which are longer than half the costa, with as many segments of the nudum on the club as on the apiculus.
de Jong, R. 2008 Notes on some skippers of the Taractrocera-group (Lepipdoptera: Hesperiide: Hesperiinae) from New Guinea. Zool. Med. Leiden 82, 73-80.
de Jong, R. & Treadaway, C. G. 2007 Hesperiidae of the Philippine Islands. In Butterflies of the World, Supplement 15 (ed. E. Bauer & T. Frankenbach), pp. 1-72. Keltern: Goecke & Elvers.
Warren, A. D., J. Ogawa and A. V. Z. Brower. (in preparation). Phylogenetic relationships of subfamilies and circumscription of tribes in the family Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea).
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- First online 04 March 2007
- Content changed 06 June 2008
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Brower, Andrew V. Z. and Warren, Andrew. 2008. Taractrocerini http://tolweb.org/Taractrocerini/94930/2008.06.06 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Version 06 June 2008 (under construction).