New Species of Tovomita

July 9, 2018
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Lucas Marinho, HUH Travel Grant recipient, has recently published a paper in Brittonia describing two new species of Tovomita. One of the species described, Tovomita colombiana, is based on a type specimen he studied while at the HUH in 2017.

Abstract: Two new species of Tovomita from forests in western Amazonia are described. Tovomita colombiana and T. longirostrata are endemic to Colombia and Brazil, respectively. Both species have a similar number of secondary veins, stamens and carpels, but can be distinguished by floral bud shape and epicarp texture. Descriptions, illustrations and a distribution map of the species, plus a brief introduction about the taxonomic relevance of floral buds and stamen shape for the genus, are provided.