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Photo#590317
Unknown Moth! - Tridentaforma

Unknown Moth! - Tridentaforma
In Westwood by outdoor night light; elevation 5100ft, Lassen County, California, USA
April 28, 2008
Size: Forewing length 10mm
This moth was sent to BOLD Systems for ID via DNA. Although DNA was of high quality no match was made - not even to Family level! The nearest species matches were: Ypsolopha delicatella (family Ypsolophidae) at 86.83%; Prionoxystus robiniae (family Cossidae) at 86.69%; and Eurrhyparodes tricoloralis (family Crambidae) at 86.54%; Obviously not a crambid or Cossid. Maybe a Ypsolophid moth?

So, any further ID help is appreciated - Thanks!


Update #1: BOLD Systems updated this specimen to genus Pyramidobela on Febuary 28, 2014. A species match was not made.

Update #2: BOLD Systems updated this specimen to genus Tridentaforma on May 17, 2017. A species match was not made. ID to genus was made by by examination of genitalia by Jean-Francois Landry at BOLD Systems.

The DNA of this specimen apparently is not a match with Tridentaforma fuscoleuca (1) at BOLD, which is supposedly the only species in the genus north of Mexico.

See here for this specimen's Record Page at BOLD Systems.
And here for BOLD's Public Data Portal - BIN Page.


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Moved
Moved from Pyramidobela.

ID Update:

(BOLD Systems updated this specimen to genus Pyramidobela on Febuary 28, 2014; and then to to genus Tridentaforma on May 17, 2017. A species match was not made. Please see links above and update # 2 note above.)


Moved from Moths.

Info needed
I am interested in trying to figure this one out. Can I get the barcode reference number from you, and can you tell me where the specimen is now and if it can be borrowed?

Thanks for any help.

 
Hi Terry,
The specimen is now a part of the collection at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario. As for borrowing the specimen you may need to contact the BIO to see if they loan out specimens. I have also included two links just below my comments above.

The Specimen Page link includes BOLD Systems info on this specimen: including Nucleotide Sequence, Sequence ID code (Barcode ID), Barcode, photos, various other ID codes, etc.

The Bin Page link includes NEAREST NEIGHBOR DETAILS; Which now includes genus Pyramidobela (Elachistidae). I ran again the Nucleotide Sequence through The BOLD Identification System and came up with a 98.62% match with genus Pyramidobela (Elachistidae). However BOLD is now placing this specimen in family Ypsolophidae. How that was determined - I do not know.

If you want to try to figure this one out I am all for it of course!

Best of success! Jim

 
Thanks!
Thanks, Jim. If and when the investigation gets anywhere, I will check back in here with the results.

 
ID Update:
Well, yesterday on Feb 28, BOLD Systems moved this specimen to the genus level - Pyramidobela. Interesting timing!

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