Thyrocopa keliae

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Thyrocopa keliae
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T. keliae
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Thyrocopa keliae
Medeiros, 2015

Thyrocopa keliae is a species of moth in the genus Thyrocopa . It is endemic to Molokai in the Hawaiian Islands. [1]

In biology, a species is the basic unit of classification and a taxonomic rank of an organism, as well as a unit of biodiversity. A species is often defined as the largest group of organisms in which any two individuals of the appropriate sexes or mating types can produce fertile offspring, typically by sexual reproduction. Other ways of defining species include their karyotype, DNA sequence, morphology, behaviour or ecological niche. In addition, paleontologists use the concept of the chronospecies since fossil reproduction cannot be examined. While these definitions may seem adequate, when looked at more closely they represent problematic species concepts. For example, the boundaries between closely related species become unclear with hybridisation, in a species complex of hundreds of similar microspecies, and in a ring species. Also, among organisms that reproduce only asexually, the concept of a reproductive species breaks down, and each clone is potentially a microspecies.

Moth Group of mostly-nocturnal insects in the order Lepidoptera

Moths comprise a group of insects related to butterflies, belonging to the order Lepidoptera. Most lepidopterans are moths, and there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which have yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species.

<i>Thyrocopa</i> genus of insects

Thyrocopa is a genus of moths in the Xyloryctidae family endemic to Hawaii. The taxon has approximately forty species, including some flightless species.

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Thyrocopa apikia is a moth of the family Xyloryctidae. It was described by Matthew J. Medeiros in 2009 and is endemic to the Hawaiian island of Molokai.

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Thyrocopa gigas is a moth of the family Xyloryctidae. It was first described by Arthur Gardiner Butler in 1881. It is endemic to the Hawaiian islands of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui. However, it may be extinct on Oahu, where two females were collected in 1892 but no further specimens have been collected since then.

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Thyrocopa kanaloa is a moth of the family Xyloryctidae. It was first described by Matthew J. Medeiros in 2009. It is endemic to the Hawaiian island of Kahoolawe.

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References

  1. Medeiros, Matthew J. (2015-07-28). "Two new endemic Hawai'ian Lepidoptera: a new species of Pseudoschrankia (Erebidae) from O'ahu, and a new species of Thyrocopa (Xyloryctidae) from Moloka'i". Zootaxa. 3990 (4): 593–597. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3990.4.8. ISSN   1175-5334.