Came to light in an old orchard.
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Looks like it should be masculine...formosanus. iSpot is not recognising it in the feminine!
My Flickr photos...
The NBN Gateway has it correctly as formosanus, although the Field Guide has it as formosana!
Whichever is right, it would be worth adding a new ID, so that it gets added to the other sightings (and I'm pretty sure there are some, as I added one, I think!).
According to the official rules genus names ending in -odes are generally masculine, EXCEPT when treated otherwise when originally established (See http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted-sites/iczn/code/ part 184.108.40.206) and in this case Obratsov treated Lozotaeniodes as feminine when he established it, giving the type species as L. cupressana (note feminine ending), so Lozotaeniodes formosana is quite correct. The original description of Lozotaeniodes is found here: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/89708#page/219/mode/1up.
Unfortunately there are many mistakes in published sources for Lepidoptera gender agreements.
it is a very nice moth
This has been thrashed out before, but I still think we should go with what iSpot uses, as then photos of the same species are kept together.
Agreed...it's a cracking little moth!
Surely using the incorrect name now means that when iSpot updates its name list, there will be more observations that will not link correctly in future...
I don't want to discourage anyone from using the correct name.
Yes, that makes sense. Blame Martin Harvey, he suggested using the names iSpot currently uses! ;)
Perhaps the management would like to make a decision.......?
The current look up list was compiled using the best available data at the time and I'm sure Martin is working hard to get an update so it's not a matter of blaming anyone.
Also I think it would be hard for Martin to categorically advise people not to use the officially correct ICZN names.
The problem of linking records will hopefully go away in future if iSpot adopts a more sophisticated way of handling names like the NBN which recognises junior synonyms and common misspellings and links then automatically to the correct name.
You're in danger of taking me too seriously!
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