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931018.008685Zale lafontainei Troubridge, 2020

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Distribution: Holotype: USA: Florida, Monroe Co.: Bahia Honda State Park.
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Synonymy: Zale vargoi Troubridge, 2020
Homoptera strigimacula of authors not Guenée, 1852
Homoptera viridans of authors not Guenée, 1852
Taxonomic Notes: Zale lafontainei Troubridge, 2020, n. sp., Insecta Mundi, 0789: 20, Fig. 7a, 7b, 7c, 71, 123. This species was listed as Zale viridans of authors, not (Guenée, 1852) in Lafontaine & Schmidt (2015) and includes as synonyms Z. strigimacula of authors, not (Guenée, 1852) from Florida and Z. obsita of authors, not (Guenée, 1852) from Florida in Schmidt, Lafontaine & Troubridge (2018), ZooKeys, 788: 246.

This species is in the Zale strigimacula species complex near Zale erilda Schaus, 1940 and is represented at BOLD under the name Zale n. sp. 5 in BOLD:ACD9041, a BIN group which includes examples from Puerto Rico identified as Z. erilda. True Z. viridans is extralimital north of Mexico and was removed from the list in Lafontaine & Schmidt 2015.
References
  • 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: ACD9041
  • Lafontaine J.D. & B.C. Schmidt, 2015. Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico III. ZooKeys, 527: 127-147.
  • Schmidt, B.C., J.D. Lafontaine & J.T. Troubridge, 2018. Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico IV. ZooKeys, 788: 241-252.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Troubridge, J.T., 2020. A new genus and 37 new noctuoid species from peninsular Florida and the Keys (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea). Insecta Mundi, 0789: 1-56.
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