Gonitis Guenée Gen. rev.
species: editrix Guenée,
(type species colligata Walker
distinctive features of the male and female genitalia have been mentioned under Anomis
p. 221. The facies is also distinctive, the forewings usually a uniform grey or
greyish brown with fine, transverse, darker striae. The postmedial is often much
more angular than in other members of the Anomis
identity of Noctua corchori Fabricius appeared uncertain (Poole,
1989: 689), but a specimen labelled as this in the Fabricius collection in the
Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, has facies that match that of editrix
closely. It has been labelled “ikke/type” (not type) by Zimsen but
nevertheless may in fact be the type (H. Gaonkar, pers. comm.).
The type locality of corchori is given as South American; should this specimen be
accepted as the type, then corchori Fabricius would take precedence over editrix.
mesogona Walker (see below) also has similar
facies. The association with Corchorus (Tiliaceae)
is also consistent with corchori being referable to the Anomis
Aurivillius (1897), probably overlooked by Poole (1989), associated corchori clearly with Anomis.
larvae of two of the species are described below. Host plants typically are from
the Malvales, but two of the Bornean species have been recorded from Rosaceae.
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