Pale shoulder Acontia lucida, copyright Hectonichus.

Belongs within: Noctuidae.

The Acontiinae are a group of relatively small noctuid moths that may resemble bird droppings when perched.

Acontiinae [Acontidae]
    `--Acontiini ZK11
         |--Acontia WM66
         |    |--A. clerana MC13
         |    |--A. crocata MC13
         |    |--A. lucida ZK11
         |    |--A. maculosa WM66
         |    `--A. undulosa [=Philenora undulosa] M86
         `--Emmelia trabealis (Scopoli 1763) ZK11, JP05

Acontiinae incertae sedis:
  Enispa plutonis NC91
  Amyna natalis NC91
  Cophanta Walker 1864 [incl. Toxophleps Hampson 1893] S01
    |--C. funestalis Walker 1864 S01
    |--C. optiva (Swinh. 1890) [=Tarache optiva, Toxophleps optiva] S01
    `--C. trilatalis [=Toxophleps trilatalis] S01
  Xanthoptera S01
    |--X. nicea Swinhoe 1901 S01
    `--X. rectivitta (Moore 1881) [=Orthosia rectivitta, Polydesma rectivitta] S01
  Metachrostis coenia Swinhoe 1901 S01
  Cerynea S01
    |--C. morma Swinhoe 1901 S01
    `--C. semilux S01
  Oruza S01
    |--O. astona Swinhoe 1901 S01
    `--O. hydrocampata S01

*Type species of generic name indicated


[JP05] Jungmann, E., & U. Poller. 2005. Neunachweise und Wiederfunde für die Schmetterlingsfauna (Insecta; Lepidoptera) des Altenburger Landes. Mauritiana 19 (2): 317–326.

[MC13] Majer, J. D., S. K. Callan, K. Edwards, N. R. Gunawardene & C. K. Taylor. 2013. Baseline survey of the terrestrial invertebrate fauna of Barrow Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 83: 13–112.

[M86] Meyrick, E. 1886. Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. I. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (3): 687–802.

[NC91] Nielsen, E. S., & I. F. B. Common. 1991. Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers 2nd ed. vol. 2 pp. 817–915. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[S01] Swinhoe, C. 1901. New genera and species of eastern and Australian moths. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, series 7, 7: 463–473.

[WM66] Wallace, A. R., & F. Moore. 1866. List of lepidopterous insects collected at Takow, Formosa, by Mr. R. Swinhoe. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 355–365.

[ZK11] Zahiri, R., I. J. Kitching, J. D. Lafontaine, M. Mutanen, L. Kaila, J. D. Holloway & N. Wahlberg. 2011. A new molecular phylogeny offers hope for a stable family level classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera). Zoologica Scripta 40 (2): 158–173.

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