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Species Xanthotype urticaria - False Crocus Geometer Moth - Hodges#6740

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Classification
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 Angeronini
Genus Xanthotype
Species urticaria (False Crocus Geometer Moth - Hodges#6740)
Hodges Number
6740
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xanthotype urticaria Swett, 1918
Identification
Remarks
Work done by Jeremy DeWaard shows that DNA barcodes for urticaria and sospeta are identical. The two species appear to be inseparable by COI sequence data, as is the case with many closely related species studied in this paper. Some have suggested that these two are a single species because of the DNA similarity, however, no revision has been published to date reflecting this, and the two are consistently different in the shape of the aedeagus, and the phenologies are different in many areas where the ranges overlap.
(Authors: Jeremy DeWaard; Paul Hebert [at BOLD and chair of iBOL initiative])
It should, however, be noted that the two species are separated by male genitalia. See Ridge, 1978 (1).
Print References
Rindge, F.H. 1978. A revision of the moth genus Xanthotype (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). American Museum Novitates 2659: 6; figs. 1-8; male genitalia, fig. 9. (1)
Swett, L.W. 1918. Xanthotype crocataria Fabricius, with descriptions of new species. The Lepidopterist 2(6) pl. 7, figs. 5-6.