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Noctuidae
931287.009045Marimatha tripuncta – (Möschler, 1890)

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Distribution: FL (DNA), TX (DNA), LA (V. Brou), Caribbean
TL: Dominican Republic
Similar Species: 9044 Marimatha nigrofimbria, wide spread east of the Rockies, has head without frontal protuberance (magnification may be required) and pm. line usually absent but when visible is evenly curved around the reniform spot.
9044.1 Marimatha squala, AZ south into Mexico, has a pm. line evenly curved around the reniform spot.
9044.2 Marimatha quadrata, AZ and TX south into Mexico, has a pm. line evenly curved around the reniform spot. In Texas, examination of frontal protuberance may be needed to eliminate well marked nigrofimbria. In Arizona, dissection may be needed to separate fom squala.
9045 Marimatha tripuncta, FL and TX, has a pm. line deeply curved around the reniform spot.
9045.1 Marimatha piscimala, TX and AZ into Mexico, has a pm. line deeply curved around the reniform spot. Dissection required in Texas to separate tripuncta and piscimala.
Taxonomic Notes: Marimatha tripuncta (Möschler, 1890) was formerly in the genus Thioptera and includes as a synonym Marimatha aurifera of authors, not (Walker, [1858]), ZooKeys, 39: 128.
References
  • Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) - Caution: some specimens may not be sequenced and DNA barcode does not ensure correct identification.
  • Ferris, C. & D. Lafontaine, 2010. Review of the North American species of Marimatha Walker with descriptions of three new species (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Eustrotiinae) and the description of Pseudomarimatha flava (Noctuidae, Noctuinae, Elaphriini), a new genus and species confused with Marimatha. ZooKeys, 39: 117-135.
  • Möschler, H.B., 1890. Die Lepidopteren-Fauna der Insel Portorico. Abhandlungen der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft, 16(1): 158.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Marimatha tripuncta
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Marimatha tripuncta
© Mark de Silva
Marimatha tripuncta
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