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300179 – 0425   Elatobia carbonella (Dietz, 1905)
Distribution Data for Elatobia carbonella
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Distribution: Canada: QC, SK, YT, BC (BOLD; USA: PA, FL.
Type locality: Hazleton, PA.
Similar Species:
  • Elatobia montelliella (Schantz, 1951) - Dissection and/or DNA needed. Canada: AB; USA: UT.
  • Elatobia sp. 1 (BIN BOLD:AAG0124) - Dissection and/or DNA needed. Canada: BC; USA: WA, AZ.
  • Elatobia sp. 2 (BIN BOLD:AAH5443) - Dissection and/or DNA needed. CO, NM.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Abacobia carbonella Dietz, 1905
Elatobia fuliginosella of authors (not Lienig & Zeller, 1846)
Tinea martinella of authors not Walker, 1863
Taxonomic Notes: Elatobia carbonella (Dietz, 1905), rev. stat. (Pohl in Pohl & Nanz (eds.) 2023), was formerly treated as a synonym of Elatobia fuliginosella (Lienig & Zeller, 1846) in Gaedike (2019). Hayden (2022) treated carbonella as a full species based on genitalic dissection.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:AAG0124 (Elatobia sp. 1).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:AAH5443 (Elatobia sp. 2).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:AAI6159 (true carbonella)
  • Dietz, W.G., 1905. Revision of the genera and species of the Tineid subfamilies Amydriinae and Tineinae inhabiting north America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 31: 30.
  • Gaedike, R., 2019. Tineidae II (Myrmecozelinae, Perissomasticinae, Tineinae, Hieroxestinae, Teichobiinae and Stathmopolitinae). Microlepidoptera of Europe, 9: XXIV + 248 pp., 6 pls.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Hayden, J.E., 2022. Elatobia carbonella (Dietz), a tineid moth, a new Florida State record. Tri-ology, 61(1): 8.
  • Pohl, G. R. and S. R. Nanz (eds.), 2023. Annotated Taxonomic Checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, Bakersfield, California, xiv + 580 pp. (order).
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 2.25m; p. 48. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
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