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Genus Platphalonidia

Moth - Platphalonidia felix Cochylinid moth? - Platphalonidia magdalenae Platphalonidia lavana? - Platphalonidia UNK Cochylini moth - Platphalonidia magdalenae Gynnidomorpha romonana - Platphalonidia magdalenae Platphalonidia (or Phalonidia) felix? - Platphalonidia magdalenae Platphalonidia lavana? - Platphalonidia Cochylini sp - Platphalonidia magdalenae
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
Subfamily Tortricinae
Tribe Cochylini
Genus Platphalonidia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Platphalonidia Razowski, 1985, revised status (1)
Platphalonia Razowski, 2011
Explanation of Names
"In an overview of the Saphenista group of genera, Razowski (1985) provided a brief description of Platphalonidia (with Phalonia felix Walsingham, 1895 designated as the type species) for “over 10 species” from the “Neotropical Region and southern part of the Nearctic Subregion.” He did not enumerate the 10 species he transferred to the genus. He later (Razowski 2011) synonymized Platphalonidia with Phalonidia without comment, apparently believing that P. felix was assigned more appropriately to Phalonidia, which left the remaining species without a genus. However, in the same paper Razowski (2011) described Platphalonia for the “left- overs” (i.e., “twenty-nine species” not enumerated) with Saphenista mystica Razowski & Becker, 1983 designated as the type species of the new genus. Based on facies and male genitalia, felix appears to be congeneric with mystica and not with species of Phalonidia. Our multi-gene and barcode analyses also support this conclusion. Hence, we resurrect Platphalonidia and propose the synonymy of Platphalonia. We restrict to Phalonidia those species with erect socii, which neither P. felix nor P. mystica possesses." - Brown et al. (2019) (1)
Print References
Metzler, E.H. & Albu, V., 2013: The description of Platphalonia (Tortricidae, Tortricinae, Euliini, Cochylina) found nectaring diurnally on Centromada pungens (Asteraceae) in the Central Valley of California along with a list of species of Platphalonia. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 67(3):156-160
Metzler, E.H. & Brown, J.W., 2014: An updated check list of the Cochylina (Tortricidae, Tortricinae, Euliini) of America north of Mexico including Greenland, with comments on classification and identification. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 68(4): 274–282
Razowski, J., 2011. Diagnoses and Remarks on Genera of Tortricidae, 2: Cochylini (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). SHILAP Revista de Lepidopterología 39(156): 397-414
Works Cited
1.A molecular phylogeny of Cochylina, with confirmation of its relationship to Euliina (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)
Brown, J.W. L. Aarvik, M. Heikkilä, R. Brown, M. Mutanen. 2019. Systematic Entomology.