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931339.85n – 9087.51   Ponometia cf. bruchi (, )

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Distribution: LA and possibly AZ (BOLD) and TX (iNat).
Type locality (Ponometia bruchi): La Paz, Córdoba Province, Argentina.
Type locality (albisecta): Tapia, Brazil.
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Taxonomic Notes: Ponometia cf. bruchi refers to the unidentified specimen collected from St. Tammany Parish, LA by Vernon Brou, shown as "Ponometia new species 2" on the website. It is believed to be Ponometia bruchi (Breyer 1931) or a closely related species. A specimen collected from AZ shares the same DNA barcode with other specimens in AAB3329, the BIN for "bruchi" at BOLD. A similar specimen was photographed in Texas (see above left of map). Todd (1966) transferred bruchi to Tarachidia and treated it as junior synonym of Tarachidia albisecta Hampson, 1910. Lafontaine & Poole (2010) transferred bruchi to Ponometia and retained it as a full species but without explanation.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:AAB3329 - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification.
  • Breyer, A., 1931. Dos nuevos Noctuidae argentinos. Revista de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina, 3(17): 309-301.
  • Hampson, G.F., 1910. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum, 10: 689; pl. 162, fig. 22
  • Lafontaine, J.D. & R.W. Poole, 2010. Review of the New World genera of the subfamily Acontiinae (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). ZooKeys, 39: 1-160.
  • Species Page at The Noctuidae of North America by Robert W. Poole (
  • Todd, E.L., 1966. Noctuid moths of the American genus Eusceptis Hubner. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 119(3546): 21.

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