[Taxacom] Lepidoptera Frederick Moore 1877

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Sat Feb 17 09:16:14 CST 2018

Dear colleagues,

Thank you kindly for all the feedback. It was anticipated that Exp was
expanse, but whether wringspan or wing was not certain. Good to have the
confirmation of wingspan. I may eventually get a direct measurement for
specimen in question, but for now this information gives me the correct
context for the size even if it may not be precise.

John Grehan


On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 6:07 AM, Shen-Horn Yen <shenhornyen at hotmail.com>

> Dear John:
> I studied various groups of Lepidoptera in the collection of the Natural
> History Museum, London, and I am pretty sure that Moore's "Exp." refers to
> wingspan rather wing length. However, during the time, the wing setting of
> Lepidoptera might not be standardized so sometimes the "Exp." in his
> publication is slightly larger than that that of the actual specimen with a
> modern setting requirement. This situation often occurs in some groups of
> which the forewing is rather elongated.
> Shen-Horn YEN
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> *Subject:* [Taxacom] Lepidoptera Frederick Moore 1877
> This is an inquiry directed to any Lepidoptera taxonomist who might be
> closely acquainted with the taxonomic works of Frederick Moore who wrote in
> the 1800's. IN an 1877 paper he refers to wing measurements as "Exp." Does
> anyone by any chance have sufficient familiarity with Moore's publications
> to definitively know whether that refers to wingspan or wing length? If so
> I would be pleased to hear from them.
> Thanks,
> John Grehan
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