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Saturniidae
890017.107723.1Anisota pellucida (Smith, 1797) – Clear Oakworm Moth
Distribution Data for Anisota pellucida
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Distribution: Southeast US - Anisota virginiensis (Drury, 1773) and the related species A. discolor Ferguson, 1971 and A. pellucida (Smith, 1797) are all similar and have been variously treated as separate species, synonyms, or subspecies of a wide-ranging A. virginiensis. Since we cannot independently verify the identities of all specimens representing data points for A. pellucida on MPG, all populations are treated together on the map for A. virginiensis.
Similar Species:
  • 7723 A. virginiensis, 7723.1 A. pellucida and 7723.2 A. discolor may not be identifiable by external morphological characters.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Phalaena pellucida Smith, 1797
Unconfirmed perspicellina Sherborne, 1898
Anisota sinulis Riotte, 1970
Taxonomic Notes: Anisota pellucida (Smith, 1797), formerly treated as a subspecies in the 1983 Hodges Checklist, is treated as a full species by Kitching et al. (2018) following Burke & Peigler (2009).
References
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Burke, J.T. & R.S. Peigler, 2009. Phylogenetic Analysis of Anisota (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) Based on Scolus Size and Structure of Mature Larvae. Southeastern Naturalist, 8(4): 739-745.
  • Kitching, I., R. Rougerie, A. Zwick, C. Hamilton, R. St Laurent, S. Naumann, L. Ballesteros Mejia, A. Kawahara, 2018. A global checklist of the Bombycoidea (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Biodiversity Data Journal, 6: e22236.
Anisota pellucida
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Jeff Smith
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Jeff Smith
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Anisota pellucida
LG - – Jim Troubridge
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