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421331.00 – 2038   Symmetrischema costaricanum Povolný, 1990

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Distribution: Type locality: Costa Rica
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Synonymy: Symmetrischema costaricanum Povolný, 1990
Phthorimaea plaesiosema of authors, not Turner, 1919
Trichotaphe tangolias of authors, not Gyen, 1913
Taxonomic Notes: Symmetrischema costaricanum Povolný, 1990 includes as synonyms S. tangolias of authors (not Gyen, 1913) and it's synonym [2038] S. plaesiosema of authors (not Turner, 1919). True tangolias Gyen, is extralimital north of Mexico. (JF Landry, in litt., 2023)
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Hayden, J.E., S. Lee, S.C. Passoa, J. Young, J.-F. Landry, V. Nazari, R. Mally, L.A. Somma, and K.M. Ahlmark, 2013. Digital Identification of Microlepidoptera on Solanaceae. USDA-APHIS-PPQ Identification Technology Program (ITP). Fort Collins, CO. - species page at
  • Povolný, 1990. Symmetrischema costaricanum sp. n., an obviously undescribed species from Central America (Insecta, Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae: Gnorimoschemini). Reichenbachia, 28: 59-63.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 10.8m; p. 100. Book Review and ordering
  • Powell, J.A. & D. Povolný, 2001. Gnorimoschemini moths of coastal dune and scrub habitats in California (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). Holarctic Lepidoptera, 8 (Suppl. 1): 1-53.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Symmetrischema costaricanum
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