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Lithacodes fasciola? - Apoda latomia

Lithacodes fasciola? - Apoda latomia
20 miles southwest of Llano, Llano County, Texas, USA
August 24, 2017
Size: FW~8mm

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Lithacodes fasciola? - Apoda latomia Lithacodes fasciola? - Apoda latomia

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Thanks Bob. There's not much
Thanks Bob. There's not much information available on 4668.1. I see it's a subspecies of 4668. There's a photo on MPG of 4668 that looks much like mine. How did you determine it was the 4668.1 subspecies?

Hal

 
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First, I had to eliminate the genus Lithacodes. All of that genus has lines with an obvious kink in the middle, that yours does not show. So, we can rule them out.
Next, I took a look at this genus and I noticed that the subspecies latomia was recently elevated to species level and the distribution includes western Texas.
The other species, rectilinea looks almost identical and both of them are slightly variable in coloration. In fact, there may not be a definite way to tell them apart, without dissection or DNA sequencing.
Some of the older data points on MPG may be unreliable, since this is such a recent change in the taxonomy. So, I took a look at the BOLD data and decided that this is the most likely species, by location. Otherwise, I would have left this at the genus level.

 
Excellent Bob. I appreciate
Excellent Bob. I appreciate the details. I'm working to improve my ID skills and each such insight helps.

Hal

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