ThecliniAndrew V. Z. Brower
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A relatively uniform tribe of medium-sized to large and showy hairstreaks. The center of diversity is in temperate Asia, with some members extending to the Nearctic and southeast Asia. Many of the larvae feed on various deciduous hardwood tree species. Many new taxa have been described since the 1950's by Japanese and Chinese researchers.
Phylogenetic relationships as implied by Eliot (1973) and Hsu and Lin's cladistic analysis of the Quercusia group (1994). Eliot based the subgroups within the Thecla section on the revision of Shirozu and Yamamoto (1956). Many of these genera contain only one or a few species and appear to be quite closely-related to one another. If the aim of erecting a genus is to provide a hypothesis of grouping, then it is evident that these taxa are oversplit.
Bridges CA. 1988. Catalogue of family-group and genus-group names (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Charles A. Bridges, Urbana, IL.
Eliot JN. 1973. The higher classification of the Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera): a tentative arrangement. Bull. Br. Mus. Nat. Hist. (Ent.) 28: 371-505, 6 pls.
Hsu, Y.-F. & Lin, M.-Y. 1994 Systematic position of Sibataniozephyrus and description of a new speceis from Taiwan (Lycaenidae: Theclinae). J. Lepid. Soc. 48, 129-147.
Shirozu T & H Yamamoto. A generic revision and the phylogeny of the tribe Theclini (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Sieboldia 1: 329-421, 51 pls.
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