Male

 

wingspan : 19 mm


we first thought this butterfly, found near Sucúa was Syrmatia aethiops, the only black Syrmatia sp ?


but, on close observation, one sees that this butterfly is markedly different :
     - from the type of S. aethiops on butterfliesofamerica, which apparently comes from the Colombian Choco region,
     - and from a typical S. aethiops that we collected in Ecuador Choco.


as a matter of fact there are three key differences :
     - tailtips are black, and not white,
     - FW are rounded, and not elongated,
     - and HW tails are much shorter.


these differences are clearly visible on the bottom picture.


furthermore we know another male, virtually the same as this one, and that was collected years ago in Peru, near Juanjuy (San Martin), and two more found at Lumbaqui ; the three appear on the individual variations page.


 

left - Sangay specimen, right - typical S. aethiops
Sucúa, Morona Santiago, Ecuador
Sucúa, Morona Santiago, Ecuador
Juanjuy, San Marcos, Peru
Juanjuy, San Marcos, Peru
Lumbaqui, Sucumbíos, Ecuador
Lumbaqui, Sucumbíos, Ecuador
Lumbaqui, Sucumbíos, Ecuador
Lumbaqui, Sucumbíos, Ecuador
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