Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cryphia nana (Barnes & McDunnough, 1911)
Cerma nana Barnes & McDunnough, 1911
Cryphia nanoides Franclemont & Todd, 1983 - unnecessary replacement name for Cryphia nana (Barnes & McDunnough, 1911)
Explanation of Names
nana is a Latin adjective derived from Greek nanos (νανος)- "dwarf"
The Cryphia nana
described in 1818 by Jacob Hübner
is now Hyperstrotia nana
- it's a completely different moth.
The name Cryphia nanoides was proposed to replace the name Cryphia nana, which was assumed to be invalidated by Hübner's Cryphia nana. "The issue is explained in Poole's (1989) catalog. Cryphia nana Hübner is a North American species that was transferred to Hyperstrotia. Our Cryphia nana was described in the genus Cerma, so the two names are not "primary homonyms" having different generic names when proposed, and because they are not together in the same genus, they are not secondary homonyms either." - Don Lafontaine (pers. comm., 5/20/2019).
WS: 19mm (Barnes & McDunnough, 1911).
San Diego County, CA south to Mexico.
Type locality: San Diego, CA
Barnes W. & J. McDunnough, 1911. Additional New Species of North American Lepidoptera. Journal of the New York Entomological Society. 19: 83