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420788.101876Xenolechia quinquecristatella (Chambers, 1878)
Distribution Data for Xenolechia quinquecristatella
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Synonymy: Gelechia quinquecristatella Chambers, 1878
Taxonomic Notes: Xenolechia quinquecristatella (Chambers, 1878) is included as a synonym of 1875 Xenolechia aethiops (Humphreys & Westwood, 1845) 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. The 1983 Hodges Checklist reinstated quinquecristatella. MPG will continue to list quinquecristatella pending revision.
References
  • 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.
  • Chambers, V.T., 1878. Descriptions of new Tineina from Texas, and others from more northern localities. Bulletin of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, 4(3): 88.
  • Meyrick, E., 1925. Lepidoptera Heterocera - Fam. Gelechiadae. Genera Insectorum, 184: 69.
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