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Noctuidae
932962.0010458Leucania elephas Troubridge, 2020
Distribution Data for Leucania elephas
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Distribution: USA: Florida Keys and TX.
Holotype: USA: Florida, Monroe Co.: Bahia Honda.
Genitalia: See Troubridge (2020).
Similar Species:
  • Leucania dorsalis has HW fuscous - Adams (2001).
  • Leucania elephas has FW with "darker, more contrasting white and brown scales on the cubital vein" than in dorsalis - Troubridge (2020).
  • Leucania februalis is found in CA.
  • Leucania infatuans has FW with yellow tint and HW with white ground color - Adams (2001).
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Leucania elephas Troubridge, 2020
Leucania humidicola of authors not Guenée, 1852
Taxonomic Notes: Leucania elephas Troubridge, 2020, n. sp., Insecta Mundi, 0789: 36; Fig. 50, 100, 137, includes as a synonym [10458] Leucania humidicola of authors not Guenée, 1852. "True" L. humidicola is extralimital to the US and Canada.
References
  • Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Robert W. Poole's species page at Nearctica.com (obsolete) (CA population treated as L. humidicola refers to februalis. TX and FL populations refer to elephas.) - access at archive.org (select a blue circled date from linked calendar).
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Troubridge, J.T., 2020. A new genus and 37 new noctuoid species from peninsular Florida and the Keys (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea). Insecta Mundi, 0789: 1-56.
Leucania elephas
LG – © Jim Troubridge
Leucania elephas
- paratype - LG – © Jim Troubridge
Leucania elephas
34mm - LG – © Jim Vargo
Leucania elephas
© Robert W. Poole

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