Micropezidae - US/Canada

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I haven't spent as much time illustrating this document as others, but I'd love feedback on how to improve the design elements here for general use. Criticisms of the content are also appreciated.

You can use this guide on "Needs ID" observations at the following links:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?taxon_id=132187&place_id=1
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?taxon_id=132187&place_id=6712

Posted by edanko edanko, October 04, 2019 17:09

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Posted by edanko about 2 years ago (Flag)

Hey, great start!

Calobatina geometra wings are infuscated rather than clear (if you're using clear as an alternative to banded/striped, perhaps that still works)
Calobatinae: key in Merritt & Peterson 1976 is quite good and has a lot of characters generally viewable from photos, and as far as we know representative of the fauna. However, this group is much in need of tidying up, particularly in reference to Palaearctic fauna.
Micropezinae: In general, although I know older authors have used head banding patterns, I don't find them to be very informative or consistent. Too much variation and convergence on certain patterns (for reasons unknown).
Micropeza stigmatica is known from California and Texas, and supposedly Kansas (this is a literature record, not sure I believe it yet)
Micropeza producta is known from Florida and supposedly several Caribbean islands as well
Micropeza chillcotti is a junior synonym of Micropeza lateralis, another European introduced species. It is only known from extreme southwestern BC and northern Washington (https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797.118.2.254)
The Hawaiian species is an undescribed species in the Paragrallomyia munda species group. It's almost certainly introduced from Central America, but we don't know any more at this time.

Posted by morgandjackson about 2 years ago (Flag)

I would say add visuals. Not many people know what a tarsi is.

Posted by zoology123 about 2 years ago (Flag)

@morgandjackson Thank you so much!! Is Taeniaptera angulata a valid name for a different species then? Thank you!!

Posted by edanko about 2 years ago (Flag)

@edanko Yes, Paragrallomyia angulata is a valid name for a different species.

Posted by morgandjackson about 2 years ago (Flag)

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