Shy Saliana

Saliana longirostris (sal-ee-AY-nuh long-ee-ROST-riss)

Shy Saliana (ovipositing female) - Osa Penisnula, Costa Rica 29-March-2011 [Rudy Dodero]
Photo © Rudy Dodero

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Family:Hesperiidae (Latreille, 1809)
Subfamily:Hesperiinae (Latreille, 1809)
Genus:Saliana (Evans, 1955)
Species:longirostris (Sepp, 1840)

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A single adult of this South American species was found in Stepney, London in 1937 among banana crates that had arrived from Brazil.

Saliana longirostris

This species was first defined in Sepp (1840) (type locality: Surinam).


Male Underside


Shy Saliana (ovipositing female) - Osa Penisnula, Costa Rica 29-March-2011 [Rudy Dodero]

Female Underside
Photo © Rudy Dodero

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2. Adventive

This species is considered an adventive, which is a species which arrives in the British Isles with the direct assistance of an external vector, without which it would not be present. Adventives are species that one would not expect to find in this country, either through inadvertent migration or through any other natural means of dispersal, with the exception perhaps of the most extreme meteorological event or possibly the transportation of a stage in the life cycle in a highly unlikely but natural means (e.g. an ovum or larva being transported upon the foot, bill, or plumage of a migratory bird).

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The species description provided here references the following publications:

Evans (1955) Evans, W.H. (1955) A catalogue of the American Hesperiidae indicating the classification and nomenclature adopted in the British Museum Natural History.
Latreille (1809) Latreille, P.A. (1809) Genera crustaceorum et insectorum secundum ordinem naturalem in familias disposita, iconibus exemplisque plurimis explicata.
Sepp (1840) Sepp, J. (1840) Natuurlijke Historie van Surinaamsche Vlinders.