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59a0788 – 1875   Xenolechia aethiops (Humphreys & Westwood, 1845)

- gen. - James Steffen
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Synonymy: Gelechia aethiops Humphreys & Westwood, 1845
Gelechia aethiopella Doubleday, 1859
Anacampsis aterrima Edleston, 1844
Gelechia squamulella Peyerimhoff, 1871
Gelechia tristis Staudinger, 1879
Taxonomic Notes: Xenolechia aethiops (Humphreys & Westwood, 1845) includes as a synonym 1876 Xenolechia quinquecristatella (Chambers, 1878) in Lee et al. 2009 erroneously following Heppner (2003) which makes no mention of either species. The synonymy was made by Meyrick (1925:69) without explanation. Busck (1903:785) stated that Meyrick identified USNM specimen's of quinquecristatella, det. Walsingham, as aethiops. Hodges et al. (1983) (Checklist) reinstated quinquecristatella. MPG will continue to list quinquecristatella pending revision.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Busck, A., 1903. A Revision of the American Moths of the Family Gelechiidae, with Descriptions of New Species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 25(1304): 785.
  • Humphreys, H.N. & J.O. Westwood, 1845. British Moths and their Transformations, 2: 192.
  • Lee, S., R.W. Hodges, & R.L. Brown, 2009. Checklist of Gelechiidae (Lepidoptera) in America North of Mexico. Zootaxa, 2231: 1-39.
  • Meyrick, E., 1925. Lepidoptera Heterocera - Fam. Gelechiadae. Genera Insectorum, 184: 69.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Xenolechia aethiops
- gen. - LG – James Steffen
Xenolechia aethiops
17mm - LG – Jim Vargo
Xenolechia aethiops
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