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Erbessa Walker 1854

James S. Miller and Andrew V. Z. Brower taxon links Phylogenetic position of group is uncertainPhylogenetic position of group is uncertainPhylogenetic position of group is uncertainPhylogenetic position of group is uncertainPhylogenetic position of group is uncertainPhylogenetic position of group is uncertainPhylogenetic position of group is uncertain[down<--]Dioptini Interpreting the tree
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Containing group: Dioptini


A large neotropical genus with a diverse array of aposematic/mimetic wing patterns. Most species occur in lowland Amazonia, with a few extending into Central America. Larvae are primarily associated with Melastomataceae.


Miller (2009) diagnoses the genus with the following features: Elongated labial palpi (especially in males); antennae long and threadlike; metathoracic tympanum small with a deep cavity; male abdomen elongate, female abdomen stout. Wing venation: FW vain RS1 arising from DC (except in D. prolifera, in which it arises from RS); FW M3 and CuA1 separate; HW M3 and CuA1 usually stalked.

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The partially-resolved tree shown here is based upon discussion of potential related groups in the species accounts of Miller (2009). No phylogenetic analysis has been performed, and hypotheses should be considered very preliminary.

Other Names for Erbessa Walker 1854


Miller, JS. 2009. Generic revision of the Dioptinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Notodontidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 321, 1-971 + 48 plates.

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Miller, James S. and Andrew V. Z. Brower. 2010. Erbessa Walker 1854. Version 21 July 2010 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Erbessa/138600/2010.07.21 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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