Nectopsyche of Ecuador: A new species from the high Andean páramo and redescription of Nectopsyche spiloma (Ross) (Trichoptera: Leptoceridae)

Ralph W. Holzenthal, Blanca Rios-Touma

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Abstract

The male and female of a new species of long-horned caddisfly, Nectopsyche paramo, are described from the high Andes of Ecuador. The new species was found above 4,000 m, representing the highest recorded elevation for a species in the genus. The larval stage of the species is also described. Only a total of 13 larvae were collected during a 17-month sampling program and 11 adults, suggesting that the species is rare. Larvae were found mainly in leaf packs. A male and female were observed in a mating swarm ca. 3 m above a stream during late afternoon. In addition, we redescribe the adult male of Nectopsyche spiloma (Ross), previously known from Ecuador from unsubstantiated literature records.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere4981
JournalPeerJ
Volume2018
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Andes
  • Caddisfly
  • High elevation
  • Larva
  • Neotropics
  • New record
  • New species
  • Redescription
  • Taxonomy

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