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Gonitis Guenée Gen. rev.

Type species: editrix Guenée, Haiti Republic.

Synonym: Tiridata Walker (type species colligata Walker = involuta Walker).

The distinctive features of the male and female genitalia have been mentioned under Anomis on 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 complex.

The 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 very 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. T. mesogona Walker (see below) also has similar facies. The association with Corchorus (Tiliaceae) is also consistent with corchori being referable to the Anomis group. Aurivillius (1897), probably overlooked by Poole (1989), associated corchori clearly with Anomis.

The 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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