Marcelo Vargas-Ortiz

Marcelo Vargas-Ortiz
University of Tarapacá | UTA · Departamento de Recursos Ambientales

PhD Student - University of Concepción - Departamento de Zoología

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Publications (19)
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Rheumapteramochica (Dognin, 1904) (Lepidoptera, Geometridae, Larentiinae) is reported from Chile for the first time. It was described from the western slopes of the Andes of southern Peru more than 100 years ago, and was recently rediscovered in Chile after larvae were collected and reared on the shrub Sennabirostrisvar.arequipensis (Meyen ex Vogel...
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Angelabella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae: Oecophyllembiinae) is considered a monotypic Neotropical genus of leaf miner micromoths known only from a few valleys of the arid environments of the Peru-Chile desert, particularly the southernmost part of Peru and northernmost part of Chile (type locality), where natural populations of its primary host pl...
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Morphology and DNA barcode sequences were used to assess the taxonomic status of a micro-moth of the genus Ithome Chambers, 1875 (Lepidoptera, Cosmopterigidae, Chrysopeleiinae), whose larvae feed on inflorescences of Prosopis tamarugo Phil. (Fabaceae), a tree native to the Pampa del Tamarugal, Atacama Desert, northern Chile. As a result, Ithome tam...
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The plume moth genus Stenoptilia Hübner, [1825] (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) is recorded for the first time from Chile. Adults of Stenoptilia socoromaensis Vargas & Gielis sp. nov. from the northernmost part of the Chilean Andes are described and illustrated. The larvae of S. socoromaensis feed on buds, flowers and unripe fruits of the hemiparasiti...
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The adult, pupa, larva and biology of Adenogasteria leguminivora Davis & Vargas gen. et sp. nov. (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae: Ornixolinae) from Peru and Chile are described and illustrated. This micromoth was previously reported in the agronomic literature as a pest of Caesalpinia spinosa (Molina) (Fabaceae) in Peru, but its taxonomic status remai...
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The sedge-feeding moth Bactra verutana Zeller, 1875 (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Olethreutinae: Bactrini), described from Dallas, Texas, USA, is widespread, recorded throughout much North America, Central and South America, including the Caribbean, and Africa. The species is recorded for the first time from Chile based on specimens collected in the c...
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The external morphology of the last larval instar and pupa of Melipotis walkeri Butler, 1892 (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) are described and illustrated based on specimens collected in the coastal valleys of the Atacama Desert of northern Chile on Acacia macracantha Willd. (Fabaceae). The morphology of the two life stages enables M. walkeri to be disting...
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Stenoptilodes juanfernandicus Gielis, 1991 (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) was described from the Juan Fernandez Islands, Chile; it was subsequently recorded from the Galápagos Islands and mainland Ecuador. Its larva and pupa are described and illustrated for the first time with the aid of light and scanning electron microscopy. Descriptions are based...
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Although considered the driest desert in the world, the Atacama provides unique habitats and a reservoir of biodiversity for plants and insects. Caloptilia Hübner, 1825 (Gracillariinae), is a highly diverse genus of leaf miner micromoths that has not yet been recorded in Chile. In this study, we describe a new species of Caloptilia from a relict, v...
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To understand the molecular stress response in maize plants to high salt and boron (B) stress, we focused on the transcript accumulation of six stress-related genes in Lluteño maize, a sweet corn landrace from the Lluta valley (northern Chile). This landrace is tolerant to salt and B stress. A randomized complete block design with four replications...
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The northern valleys of the Atacama Desert in Chile have minimal seasonal variations of temperature, which enable continuous growth of many plants and their associated phytophagous insects. This is the case in the Neotropical hairstreak Strymon davara (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Theclinae, Eumaeini), whose larvae are able to develop throughout the ye...
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The adult, larva, and pupa of Strepsicrates gattii Vargas-Ortiz & Vargas, sp. n. (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Olethreutinae: Eucosmini), are described and illustrated from the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The larvae are leaf-tiers on the vulnerable native tree Morella pavonis (Myricaceae). As S. gattii was previously misidentified as S. smithian...
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Analysis of maternally inherited genes is especially helpful in population studies of host-specialized insects, as female dispersal is key to find an adequate host plant to ensure larval survival. Bucculatrix mirnae (Lepidoptera: Bucculatricidae) is a little-known Neotropical micromoth native to the arid environments of northern Chile whose hyperme...
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Originally described from Africa, the genus Eccopsis Zeller (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) currently includes 25 Afrotropical and five Neotropical species. Adult morphological characters suggest that the Afrotropical and Neotropical species might not be congeneric. Here we present the first DNA sequences for Neotropical Eccopsis and use these data in a...
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Eccopsis razowskii Vargas (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Olethreutini) is a Neotropical micromoth native to the Atacama Desert with leaf-tying larvae that feed on Acacia macracantha Willd. (Fabaceae). The external morphology of its last instar and that of its pupa are described and illustrated for the first time with the aid of light and scanning elect...
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Host-associated larval polychromatism is described for the first time for the Neotropical hairstreak Strymon bubastus (Stoll, 1780) (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Theclinae, Eumaeini) based on larvae collected in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile on inflorescences of Phyla nodiflora (L.) Greene (Verbenaceae) and Waltheria ovata Cav. (Malvaceae) and r...
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The native tree Schinus molle (Anacardiacae) is reported for the first time as a host plant for larvae of the little known geometrid moth Eupithecia yubitzae Vargas & Parra (Lepidoptera, Geometridae) in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, based on morphology and DNA barcodes. This discovery importantly expands the host range of E. yubitzae, as pr...
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Prey identification in nests of the potter wasp Hypodynerus andeus (Packard) (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Eumeninae) using DNA barcodes. Geometrid larvae are the only prey known for larvae of the Neotropical potter wasp Hypodynerus andeus (Packard, 1869) (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Eumeninae) in the coastal valleys of the northern Chilean Atacama Desert. A...
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Acrocercops Wallengren (Gracillariidae) is recorded for the first time from Chile. The little known Acrocercops serrigera serrigera Meyrick is reported from the Azapa Valley, Arica Province, northern Chilean coastal desert. Specimens were reared from Malva nicaeensis and Waltheria ovata (both Malvaceae). Specimen identification is based on comparis...

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