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Gelechiidae
420647.001733.1Aristotelia corallina Walsingham, 1909 – Aristotelia corallina complex

[T] - DNA - OK - Mark Dreiling
Distribution: BOLD:AAA8061 (clade): TX, FL.
BOLD:AAA8062 (clade): OK, AL, FL.
BOLD:AAH4809 (clade): AZ.
Type Locality: Amula [Almolonga] Mexico.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Chamaecrista nictitans in MS, NC (Baer 2018) and Fl (Kimball 1965).
Vachellia cornigera in Mexico (Janzen 1967, Baer 2018).
Vachellia farnesiana in Mexico (Baer 2018).
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Aristotelia corallina Walsingham, 1909
Taxonomic Notes: Aristotelia corallina Walsingham, 1909 is recognized within the North American fauna north of Mexico in Kimball (1965) and Lee et al. (2009). However, "true" corallina from north of Mexico is unverified. "A. corallina" is treated as a species complex in Baer (2018), J. Lepdid. Soc, 72(1):44-52. The many specimens from north of Mexico identified as "corallina" at BOLD (12/8/2020) appear to represent several cryptic species. It is unclear which, if any, refer to "true" corallina.
References
  • Baer, C.S., 2018. Shelter Building and Extrafloral Nectar Exploitation by a Member of the Aristotelia corallina Species Complex (Gelechiidae) on Costa Rican Acacias. The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 72(1): 44-52.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Janzen, D.H., 1967. Interaction of the bull's-horn acacia (Acacia cornigera L.) with an ant inhabitant (Pseudomyrmex ferruginea F. Smith) in eastern Mexico. University of Kansas Science Bulletin, 47(6): 315-558.
  • Kimball, C.P., 1965. Lepidoptera of Florida. Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas, 1: 1-363.
  • Lee, S., R.W. Hodges, & R.L. Brown, 2009. Checklist of Gelechiidae (Lepidoptera) in America North of Mexico. Zootaxa, 2231: 1-39.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Walsingham, L.T.d.G., 1909-1915. Tineina, Pterophorina, Orneodina, Pyralidina and Hepialina (part). Biologia Centrali-Americana. Insecta. Lepidoptera-Heterocera, 4: 23.
Aristotelia corallina
[T] - TX - David Barker
Aristotelia corallina
[T] - TX - David Barker
Aristotelia corallina
[T] - FL - David Reed
Aristotelia corallina
[T] - 13mm - LG – Jim Vargo
Aristotelia corallina
[T] – SangMi Lee

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