Orthemis flavopicta Kirby, new for Panama (Anisoptera: Libellulidae)
Notulae odonatologicae , Volume 2 - Issue 3 p. 48- 49
On a trip to the Panama Canal Zone in July-August 1979, my wife and I collected 13 male Orthemis which keyed out to O. attenuata (Erichson) in P.P. CALVERT (1906, Biologia cent.-am., p. 234) and to O. flavopicta Kirby in P.P. CALVERT (1899, An. Mus. nai: B. Aires 7: 25-35) and in F. R1S (1910, Colins Zool. de Selys Longchamps Il, p. 281). In October. 1979,1 compared the specimens with material in the Williamson collection at Ann Arbor. Michigan. They compared favorably with poorly preserved specimens of O. flavopicta, det. Ris. from Para. Brazil, but because of their bad condition, I could not be sure that my specimens represented this species. In September. 1981, I compared the same specimens to the leclotypc and paralcctotypes of O. flavopicta in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) and found them to be conspccific. The Panamanian specimens differed from the types and figure given by W.F. KIRBY (1889, Trans, zool. Soc. Land. 12: 249-348) in possessing blue pruinosity across the mesepisterna, thus obscuring the yellow antehumeral stripe (Figs I, 2), and in having deeply infumated wings. Later, Dr Angelo B.M. Machado kindly sent me a male from Goiás. Jatai. Brazil, which 1 also believe represents O. flavopicta. The wings in that specimen are more hyaline, but the blue pruinosity is the same as in the Panamanian specimens. This species is poorly known, and neither CALVERT (1899; cf. above) nor RIS (1910; cf. above) figured it. Figures 1 and 3 are one of the paralectotype males and figures 2 and 4 are one of the Panamanian specimens. The pruinosity on most of the other specimens from the Canal Zone extends to the metepisterna. thus largely obscuring the lateral yellow thoracic stripes.
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