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Three West African taxa of Meza Hemming (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae)

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Confusion exists in the literature about the identity of two taxa of the genus Meza, M. mabea (Holland, 1894) and M. bassa Lindsey & Miller, 1965, although the third taxon of this complex, M. leucophaea (Holland, 1894), is easily distinguished. Numerical analysis failed to indicate any distinct clusters which could be associated with species or subspecies. Examination of male genitalia indicates that bassa, occurring from Nigeria to Sierra Leone, is a subspecies of leucophuea, the nominate subspecies of which occurs in Cameroon and Gabon. M. mabea, which is sympatric with M. l. leucophaea, is apparently a very rare species.


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