J. Donald Lafontaine's research while affiliated with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and other places

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Noctuidae are one of the world's most diverse, ecologically successful, and economically important animal lineages with over 12,000 species in ~1,150 genera. We inferred a phylogeny using eight protein-coding genes for the global fauna, greatly expanding upon previous attempts to stabilize Noctuidae higher classification by sampling 341 genera (nea...
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Amphipyrinae have long been a catchall taxon for Noctuidae, with most members lacking discernible morphological synapomorphies that would allow their assignment to one of the many readily diagnosable noctuid subfamilies. Here data from seven gene regions (> 5500 bp) for more than 120 noctuid genera are used to infer a phylogeny for Amphipyrinae and...
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Amphipyrinae have long been a catchall taxon for Noctuidae, with most members lacking discernible morphological synapomorphies that would allow their assignment to one of the many readily diagnosable noctuid subfamilies. Here data from seven gene regions (>5,500 base pairs) for more than 120 noctuid genera are used to infer a phylogeny for Amphipyr...
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A summary of all taxonomic and nomenclatural changes to the check list of the Noctuoidea of North America north of Mexico since the last update published in 2015 is provided. A total of 64 changes are listed and discussed, consisting of 26 recently published changes and additions, and an additional 38 presented herein. One stat. n., one stat. rev.,...
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A summary of all taxonomic and nomenclatural changes to the check list of the Noctuoidea of North America north of Mexico since the last update published in 2015 is provided. A total of 64 changes are listed and discussed, consisting of 26 recently published changes and additions, and an additional 38 presented herein. One stat. n., one stat. rev.,...
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A definitive species list is the foundation of biodiversity and conservation work. As we deal with massive climatic changes in the Anthropocene, knowing which species make up our diverse ecosystems will be critically important if we wish to protect and restore them. The Lepidoptera, moths and butterflies, are the fourth-largest insect order in term...
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Checklist for North American noctuoids. The table represents barcode coverage in terms of the number of specimens analyzed and geographic coverage. Species lacking barcode data are in red. (XLS)
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Two-way presence-absence data for 3252 North American noctuoid species in 12 ecoregions of North America. Each region designated by a numeric code: 1 Arctic (Arctic Cordillera + Tundra); 2 Boreal (Taiga + Hudson plain + Northern forests); 3 Northwestern forested mountains; 4 Marine west coast forests; 5 Eastern temperate forests; 6 Great plains; 7...
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Deep split. List of North American noctuoid species with deep intraspecific sequence divergence. (XLS)
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Low sequence divergence. List of North American noctuoid species with low sequence divergence from another taxon. (XLS)
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Erebidae (Arctiinae). NJ tree based on sequence variation in the barcode region of the cytochrome c oxidase I gene for North American species in the family Erebidae (Arctiinae). (PDF)
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Nolidae. NJ tree based on sequence variation in the barcode region of the cytochrome c oxidase I gene for North American species in the family Nolidae. (PDF)
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Noctuidae-3. NJ tree based on sequence variation in the barcode region of the cytochrome c oxidase I gene for North American species in the family Noctuidae-3. (PDF)
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Species with extraterritorial barcode records. Forty-eight species barcoded from other nations likely share the same barcode as specimens collected in the USA. For species collected in Texas and Arizona—barcodes from Mexican specimens are the best proxy, followed by Guatemala. For species collected in Florida—barcodes from Cuban specimens are best,...
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Introduced species into North America. List of introduced species of noctuoids in North America with the approximate date of their arrival. (XLS)
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Barcode performance among ecoregions of North America. Data set for the analysis of barcode performance in the discrimination of noctuoid species from the 12 ecoregions of North America. (XLS)
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Noctuidae-1. NJ tree based on sequence variation in the barcode region of the cytochrome c oxidase I gene for North American species in the family Noctuidae-1. (PDF)
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Barcode coverage. List of North American noctuoid species without barcode coverage. (XLS)
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This study reports the assembly of a DNA barcode reference library for species in the lepi-dopteran superfamily Noctuoidea from Canada and the USA. Based on the analysis of 69,378 specimens, the library provides coverage for 97.3% of the noctuoid fauna (3565 of 3664 species). In addition to verifying the strong performance of DNA barcodes in the di...
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List of all noctuoid species known from North America with number of BINs, mean intra-specific divergence, and number of specimens per species. (XLS)
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Data set for the analysis of BIN overlap among zoogeographical regions. (XLS)
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Notodontidae and Doidae. NJ tree based on sequence variation in the barcode region of the cytochrome c oxidase I gene for North American species in the families Notodontidae and Doidae. (PDF)
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Barcode sharing. List of North American noctuoid species sharing a barcode haplotype. (XLS)
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Euteliidae. NJ tree based on sequence variation in the barcode region of the cytochrome c oxidase I gene for North American species in the family Euteliidae. (PDF)
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Erebidae (rest). NJ tree based on sequence variation in the barcode region of the cytochrome c oxidase I gene for North American species in the family Erebidae (rest). (PDF)
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Noctuidae-2. NJ tree based on sequence variation in the barcode region of the cytochrome c oxidase I gene for North American species in the family Noctuidae-2. (PDF)
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The genus Doryodes Guenée is revised to include ten species including six species described as new (D. desoto Lafontaine & Sullivan; D. okaloosa Sullivan & Lafontaine; D. fusselli Sullivan & Lafontaine; D. reineckei Sullivan & Lafontaine; D. broui Lafontaine & Sullivan; and D. latistriga Sullivan & Lafontaine). A key to species, descriptions, and i...
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The genus Protorthodes McDunnough is revised to include 15 species including P. ustulata Lafontaine, Walsh & Ferris, sp. n., from southwestern United States, P. texicana Lafontaine, sp. n., from Texas and Mexico, and P. mexicana Lafontaine, sp. n., from Mexico. A new genus, Nudorthodes Lafontaine, Walsh & Ferris, is proposed for two species formerl...
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The Prairies Ecozone of southern Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta supports a diverse fauna, with 2,232 species of butterflies and moths (order Lepidoptera) recorded to date in 61 families. By far the best known Lepidoptera are the butterflies, with 177 species known to occur in the ecozone. The species known to occur in the Prairies Ecozone are...
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This study provides a first, comprehensive, diagnostic use of DNA barcodes for the Canadian fauna of noctuoids or "owlet" moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea) based on vouchered records for 1,541 species (99.1% species coverage), and more than 30,000 sequences. When viewed from a Canada-wide perspective, DNA barcodes unambiguously discriminate 90% of th...
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To elucidate the evolutionary relationships of the major lineages within the moth family Nolidae, we analysed a molecular dataset comprising eight independent gene regions (6.4 kbp), cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) from the mitochondrial genome, and elongation factor-1α (EF-1α), ribosomal protein S5 (RpS5), carbamoylphosphate synthase domain p...
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In this study, we clarify the relationships between the basal lineages in the moth family Noctuidae using DNA sequence data from eight independent gene regions. Data matrices (6.4 kbp) are analysed using parsimony and model-based methods (maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference). Our results support the family Noctuidae as a monophyletic group in...
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The genus Ufeus Grote is revised to include five species including Ufeus felsensteini,sp. n. in southern Arizona. A key to species, descriptions, illustrations of adults and genitalia are included.
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In 1841, T. W. Harris published "A Report on the Insects of Massachusetts, Injurious to Vegetation," a seminal work in North American Entomology and one of the first New World publications to describe Lepidoptera species. Although appearing in several subsequent editions, the eight family-group names proposed by Harris were largely overlooked. In s...
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A total of 124 additions and corrections are listed and discussed for the check list of the Noctuoidea of North America north of Mexico published in 2010. Twenty-eight species are added to the list, 16 through new species descriptions, eight as a result of taxonomic splits, and four based on newly recorded species. Forty-eight species are deleted f...
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This special issue of ZooKeys, “Contributions to the systematics of New World macro-moths IV” marks the fourth volume in this series, initiated in May 2009 (ZooKeys # 9), with the second volume published in March 2010 (ZooKeys #39), and the third volume published in November 2011 (Schmidt and Lafontaine 2009, 2010, 2011). Twenty-two authors contrib...
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An attempt is made to bring consensus between the classifications of the Noctuoidea in Europe and North America. Twelve points of disagreement between the check lists from the two regions are discussed and solutions recommended.