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931794 – 10085   Sympistis terminalis (Smith, 1888)

Chris Schmidt
Distribution: South-central USA (Troubridge & Crabo 1998), NM (BOLD), CO (LepSoc).
Type locality: Colorado.
Similar Species:
  • Sympistis coprocolor (Troubridge & Crabo, 1998) is separated by distribution. S. terminalis has distinct orbicular and reniform spots, typically nearly obsolete in S. coprocolor; subterminal shade extends to costa; basal 2/3 of hind wing whiter and more pale.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Oncocnemis terminalis Smith, 1888
Taxonomic Notes: Sympistis terminalis, n. comb. in Troubridge (2008), was formerly in the genus Oncocnemis.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Smith, J.B., 1887. New species of Oncocnemis. Insect Life. U.S. Department Agriculture, 1: 18-20.
  • Troubridge J. & L. Crabo, 1998. New Oncocnemis (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) from the Pacific Northwest. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia, 95: 34-35 (coprocolor).
  • Troubridge, J.T., 2008. A generic realignment of the Oncocnemidini sensu Hodges (1983) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Oncocnemidinae), with descriptions of a new genus and 50 new species. Zootaxa, 1903: 1-95. (abstract)
Sympistis terminalis
34mm – Canadian National Collection
Sympistis terminalis
LG – Jim Troubridge
Sympistis terminalis
32mm - LG – Jim Vargo

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