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931885 – 10136   Sympistis obscurata (Barnes & McDunnough, 1912)
Distribution Data for Sympistis obscurata
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Distribution: USA: NM, AZ.
Type locality: White Mts., AZ.
Similar Species:
  • Sympistis pachet Troubridge, 2008 tends to have paler forewings and hindwings with pale area cleaner white; apparently not found east of the Mojave Dessert (Dave Wikle, pers. comm., 2022).
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Oncocnemis obscurata Barnes & McDunnough, 1912
Taxonomic Notes: Sympistis obscurata, n. comb. in Troubridge (2008), was formerly placed 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.
  • Barnes, W.M. & J.H. McDunnough, 1912. Fifty new species; notes on the genus Alpheias. Contributions to the natural history of the Lepidoptera of North America, 1(5): 13; pl. 2, fig. 5.
  • 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 obscurata
31mm – Canadian National Collection
Sympistis obscurata
29mm – Canadian National Collection
Sympistis obscurata
33mm - LG – Jim Vargo

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