Condica new species 1
Diagnosis: Condica new species 1 is an Antillean
species that has been collected in southern Florida. This species is superficially
nearly identical to Condica circuita (Guenée), and both
species occur in the same localities is the Great Antilles. Condica
circuita has not yet been collected in the United States. Although
Condica new species 1 and circuita are superficially
almost inseparable, they do not appear to be closely related phylogenetically.
Both the male and female genitalia are abundantly distinct suggesting
that suspected specimens of Condica new species 1 from the United
States should be dissected to confirm its identification.
Distribution: This species appears to be restricted to the Greater Antillean region. It has been taken near Homestead in southern Florida and Andros Island in the Bahamas. Condica new species 1 has been most commonly collected on Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rica. The species has not been collected from the Lesser Antilles or elsewhere in Latin America. This is in contrast to the extensive tropical range of Condica circuita. The population from the Dominican Republic appears to be slightly larger than the species is from Cuba, Florida, and Jamaica. Individual variation does not appear to be significant.
Identification Quality: Excellent
Condica new species 1
Superficially this species is almost identical to Condica circuita. Condica circuita is almost always slightly lighter, slighter larger, and slightly redder than Condica new species 1. In addition there is a character in the forewing that will almost always separate the two species. The reniform spot of Condica new species 1 is vaguely defined outward by a fine white line. In contrast this white line does not exist in circuita, but instead is a series of vague white dots and a larger yellowish, convex spot ventral to the reniform spot. In the male genitalia the clasper of circuita is curved, but not s-shaped and there is not protuberance from the cepahald margin of the juxta. The vesica of circuita lacks the apical denticulations found in Condica new species 1. The female genitalia of circuita are very different from those of new species 1. In particular the apophyses anteriores are normal in circuita. The ostium is completely membranous without the sclerotized bilobed opening found in new species 1. The corpus bursae is elongate, not ovate, and there are two small sclerotized patches, not a single large one.
No Similar Species in the United States