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47a0031 – 2640.1   Neocaloreas melanifera (Keifer, 1937)
Distribution Data for Neocaloreas melanifera
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Distribution: "Central California, from the Sierra Nevada west to coastal areas" - Heppner (2022).
Holotype: Missouri Flat, Placerville, El Dorado Co., CA.
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Taxonomic Notes: Neocaloreas melanifera (Fernald, 1900), n. comb. in Heppner (2022), Lepidoptera Novae, 15(1-2): 65, formerly in the genus Caloreas, was listed as a synonym of 2640 Caloreas multimarginata (Braun, 1925) in Hodges et al. (1983) (Checklist). Powell & Opler (1996:122) and Heppner (2022) treat melanifera as a full species. "As noted for N. multimarginata, there may be a hybrid zone between the two species in the northwestern region of California." - Heppner (2022)
  • Heppner, J.B., 2022. Nearctic Metalmark Moths, 6. Genus Caloreas and new genus Neocaloreas (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae: Choreutinae). Lepidoptera Novae, 15(1-2): 65; Fig. 62, 71, 73, 82-83, 90-91, F19, M19.
Neocaloreas melanifera
CalPhotos – Jerry Powell
Neocaloreas melanifera
CalPhotos – Jerry Powell

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