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Genus Ceratonyx

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea (Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths)
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Ennominae
Tribe Nacophorini
Genus Ceratonyx
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ceratonyx Guenée, 1857
Franclemont, 1967 transfers Stenocharis in part to Ceratonyx
Explanation of Names
Ceratonyx is derived from Greek meaning Punctured Horn.(1) The larva of this genus have horn-like filaments on the prothorax (Franclemont, 1967)(Comstock, 1959)
Three species of Ceratonyx north of Mexico.(2)
C. arizonensis - southern Arizona mountains of Cochise and Santa Cruz counties(3)
C. permagnaria - southern Arizona and New Mexico usually above 5000ft(3)
C. satanaria - South Carolina south to northern Florida, west to Texas(3)
Adults - elongate forewings usually brown or gray, females tending to be slightly paler; hindwings are usually paler than the forewings(4)
Larvae - horn-like filaments on the prothorax in all but early instars(3)
Print References
Vernon A. Brou, Jr. 2005. Ceratonyx satanaria in Louisiana. Southern Lepidopterist Society.(2)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Ceratonyx satanaria in Louisiana
Vernon A. Brou, Jr. 2005. Southern Lepidopterist Society.
3.A revision of the moth genus Ceratonyx (Lepidoptera, Geometridae).
Frederick H. Rindge. 1975. American Museum novitates ; no. 2564.
4.A revision of the New World Nacophorini (Lepidoptera, Geometridae)
Frederick H. Rindge. 1983. Bulletin of the AMNH 175(2).