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Notodontidae
930100.008007Coelodasys unicornis (Smith, 1797) – Unicorn Caterpillar Moth

Marius V. Aurelian
Distribution: Caution: A single range map dot for a Canadian province may represent records without specific location data.
Canada: NL to BC; USA: Throughout eastern states west to WA, OR, UT and eastern TX in forested habitat - Miller et al. (2021)
Type locality (unicornis): Georgia.
Type locality (race deserta): Stockton, UT.
Type locality (edmandsii): Cambridge, MA.
Type locality (humilis): North America.
Type locality (semirufescens): United States.
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Synonymy: Phalaena unicornis Smith, 1797
Schizura unicornis race deserta Barnes, 1929
Coelodasys edmandsii Packard, 1864
Edema humilis Walker, 1865
Edema semirufescens Walker, 1865
Taxonomic Notes: Coelodasys unicornis (Smith, 1797), n. comb. in Becker (2014), was formerly placed in the genus Schizura.
References
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Becker, V.O., 2014. Checklist of New World Notodontidae (Noctuoidea). Lepidoptera Novae, 7(1): 1-40.
  • Miller, J.S., D.L. Wagner, P.A. Opler & J.D. Lafontaine, 2021. Noctuoidea, Notodontidae (Part 2, Conclusion): Heterocampinae, Nystaleinae, Dioptinae, Dicranurinae. The Moths of America north of Mexico, Fascicle 22.1B: 133; pl. A-17, figs. 5-13; pl. 57, fig. 6 (♂ gen.); pl. 72, figs. 6, 7 (♂ sternum 8); pl. 85, fig. 7 (♀ gen.); pl. L-17, fig. 5 (larva). - order
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 42.21m; p. 251. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
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