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Species Cosmopterix inopis - Hodges#1488

Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Cosmopterigidae (Cosmet Moths)
Subfamily Cosmopteriginae
Genus Cosmopterix
Species inopis (Cosmopterix inopis - Hodges#1488)
Hodges Number
1488
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cosmopterix inopis Hodges, 1962 (1)
Cosmopterix gracilens Hodges, 1962
Size
Forewing length 4.5 mm. (2)
Identification
See description and figures here. Koster (2010) stated "Although the outer dorsal spot on the forewing is generally larger in C. inopis, it cannot be distinguished with certainty by the external characters from C. interfracta, C. lespedezae and C. teligera. Identification only possible by examination of the male and female genitalia." C. interfracta does not occur north of Mexico.
Range
Southern Arizona; southern Florida. (2)
Holotype ♂ from U.S., Arizona, Madera Canyon, 4880', Santa Rita Mountains, 23-ix-1959, R.W. Hodges. (2)
See Also
Cosmopterix lespedezae occurs from Florida to Louisiana and Arkansas; eastern Mexico to Central America. (2)
Cosmopterix teligera occurs in eastern North America to central South America. (2)
Print References
Koster, J.C., 2010. The genera Cosmopterix Hübner and Pebobs Hodges in the New World with special attention to the Neotropical fauna (Lepidoptera: Cosmopterigidae). Zoologische Mededelingen Leiden 84(10). p. 347; figs. 57, 153, 234, 276. (2)