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Gelechioidea - Unplaced To Family
59a1859.6 – 1112   [Gelechioidea - No Genus] texanica (Frey & Boll, 1876)
Distribution Data for [Gelechioidea - No Genus] texanica
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Distribution: Type locality: Dallas, TX.
Field Marks:
"Location of type unknown... A plump little creature with retreating head, but in palpi, an Elachista. Its color is a dark lusterless brown. Head, thorax and abdomen dark brown. Face and palpi lighter and more shining gray; antennae gray, with darker annulations. Legs dark shining gray-brown, spotted with white; tarsi annulate with white. The fore wings dark brown, here and there with single scattered lighter yellow scales, and so peculiarly marked as to remind one of a Gelcchia. At the base of the dorsal margin, a convex orange spot. A second, large and ill defined, occupies the apical part of the wing; it begins on the costal margin at one-third the wing length. Cilia pale gray, around apex with a double darker line. Hind wings and cilia brownish gray, not especially dark." - Braun (1945)
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Synonymy: Elachista texanica Frey & Boll, 1876
Taxonomic Notes: [Gelechioidea - No Genus] texanica (Frey & Boll, 1876): placement follows Pohl (in Pohl & Nanz (eds.) 2023).
  • Braun, A.F., 1948. Elachistidae of North America (Microlepidoptera). Memoirs of the American Entomological Society, 13: 73.
  • Frey, H. & J. Boll, 1876. Einige Tineen aus Texas. Entomologische Zeitung, 37: 216.
  • Pohl, G. R. and S. R. Nanz (eds.), 2023. Annotated Taxonomic Checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, Bakersfield, California, xiv + 580 pp. (order).
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