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Bellamy C.L.,Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory
Pan-Pacific Entomologist | Year: 2010

The subgenus Dicerca (Neoargante) Nelson 2006 is considered unnecessary and proposed as a new junior subjective synonym of Dicerca Eschscholtz 1829. Polybothris lesnei Théry 1926 is transferred to Holynskirbus Ö-zdikmen 2008 (= Sororcula Hołyňski 1993) and Sororcula gnomiphilaHołyňski 1993 is proposed as a new junior subjective synonym of H. lesnei. © 2010 Pacific Coast Entomological Society.

A new species, Buprestis (Knulliobuprestis) aurora, is described from localities in the Mexican state of Veracruz and discussed in relation to B. catoxantha Gory, 1840. The following species of Buprestis are transferred to the subgenus Knulliobuprestis: B. bergevini Théry 1911, B. carabuho Westcott 1998, B. catoxantha Gory 1840 (synonyms: B. jimenezi Dugès 1891 and B. variegata Laporte & Gory 1837), B. hauseri Obenberger 1928, and B. panamensis Thèry 1923 (synonym: B. panamensis var. nigripennis Thèry 1934). © 2011 · Magnolia Press.

Kaila L.,University of Helsinki | Epstein M.E.,Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory | Heikkila M.,University of Helsinki | Mutanen M.,University of Oulu
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

We examine the systematic position of the lepidopteran family Prodidactidae Epstein and Brown, 2003, which includes the single species Prodidactis mystica (Meyrick). We provide details on a morphological trait of the adult male hindcoxa that appears to link Prodidactidae with Hyblaeidae. This putative relationship is consistent with molecular data derived from five genes. Based on morphological and molecular evidence, we place Prodidactidae in Hyblaeoidea. Moreover, the apex of the larval spinneret is similarly modified in these families and in Thyrididae. This modification is unknown in other Lepidoptera and may prove to be a synapomorphy linking Thyridoidea and Hyblaeoidea. As the latter is not fully congruent with published molecular studies, we refrain from suggesting sister group position for Thyridoidea and Hyblaeoidea. © 2013 Magnolia Press.

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