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Published: 2018-01-24

Cryptochrysa Freitas & Penny, a generic homonym, replaced by Titanochrysa Sosa & Freitas (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae)

Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA 14853 and Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, California, USA 95616.
Universidad Centroccidental “Lisandro Alvarado”, Museo Entomológico “José Manuel Osorio” (MJMO), Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela. Current address: Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia, Campus de Capitão Poço, PA, Brazil.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Biología, Departamento de Zoología, México, 04510 DF.
Neuroptera Chrysopidae


The green lacewing genus name Cryptochrysa Freitas & Penny 2001 is identified as a junior homonym of Cryptochrysa Hampson 1926 (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Moreover, Titanochrysa Sosa & Freitas 2012 is determined to be an available junior synonym of Cryptochrysa Freitas & Penny. Thus, Titanochrysa becomes the substitute name for the preoccupied generic name. Here, we also provide (i) new information and images for Titanochrysa chloros (Freitas & Penny) comb. nov., the only species ever included in the chrysopid genus Cryptochrysa, (ii) a clarified set of diagnostic features for the reconstituted genus Titanochrysa, and (iii) a key and images for identifying the six described Titanochrysa species.



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