Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
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Fungus Moths (Lepidoptera: Tineidae)

  • John B. Heppner
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3921
Fungus moths (Fig. 99), family Tineidae, comprise the first very large family of Lepidoptera, with about 2,160 described species; actual world fauna probably exceeds 4,000 species. The family is part of the superfamily Tineoidea, in the section Tineina, subsection Tineina, of the division Ditrysia. The family is divided into 16 subfamilies (many have been considered as separate families by some specialists in the past): Euplocaminae, Myrmecozelinae, Harmacloninae, Meessiinae, Dryadaulinae, Scardiinae, Nemapogoninae, Tineinae, Setomorphinae, Perissomasticinae, Hapsiferinae, Hieroxestinae, Erechthiinae, Siloscinae, Stathmopolitinae, and Teichobiinae. Adults minute to medium size (5–54 mm wingspan), usually with rough head scaling (a few have smooth-scaled heads); haustellum naked (unscaled); maxillary palpi long, 5-segmented (rarely 3- segmented). Maculation mostly somber grays or brown shades, with various speckling spots, but some tropical species colorful (e.g., genus Coryptilumfrom...
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Heppner
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  1. 1.Florida State Collection of ArthropodsGainesvilleUSA