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931018.008685Zale lafontainei Troubridge, 2020

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Distribution: Holotype: USA: Florida, Monroe Co.: Bahia Honda State Park.
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Synonymy: Zale vargoi Troubridge, 2020
Homoptera strigimacula of authors not Guenée, 1852
Homoptera viridans of authors not Guenée, 1852
Taxonomic Notes: Zale lafontainei Troubridge, 2020, n. sp., Insecta Mundi, 0789: 20, Fig. 7a, 7b, 7c, 71, 123. This species was listed as Zale viridans of authors, not (Guenée, 1852) in Lafontaine & Schmidt (2015) and includes as synonyms Z. strigimacula of authors not (Guenée, 1852) from Florida and Z. obsita of authors not (Guenée, 1852) from Florida in Schmidt, Lafontaine & Troubridge (2018), ZooKeys, 788: 246.

This species is in the Zale strigimacula species complex near Zale erilda Schaus, 1940 and is represented at BOLD under the name Zale n. sp. 5. in BOLD:ACD9041, a BIN group which includes examples from Puerto Rico identified as Z. erilda. True Z. viridans is extralimital to North America north of Mexico and was removed from the list in Lafontaine & Schmidt 2015.
References
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: ACD9041
  • Lafontaine J.D. & B.C. Schmidt, 2015. Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico III. ZooKeys, 527: 127-147.
  • Schmidt, B.C., J.D. Lafontaine & J.T. Troubridge, 2018. Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico IV. ZooKeys, 788: 241-252.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Troubridge, J.T., 2020. A new genus and 37 new noctuoid species from peninsular Florida and the Keys (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea). Insecta Mundi, 0789: 1-56.
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