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Family NOLIDAE Bruand, 1847


The moth family Nolidae, one of the four major groups of the quadrifid noctuoids identified in Zahiri et al. (2011), embraces a heterogeneous group of taxa that have historically been assigned different taxonomic ranks. Nolidae and three other major lineages (Euteliidae, Erebidae and Noctuidae) form a monophyletic assemblage, informally referred to as the quadrifid noctuoids, which were discussed in detail by Zahiri et al. (2011, 2012).

The concept of the Nolidae was expanded by Holloway (1998) and Kitching and Rawlins (1998) to include the Sarrothripinae, Chloephorinae and Camptolominae, all of which were treated as subfamilies of the Noctuidae by Edwards (1996). Other analyses based both on molecular and morphological data further endorsed the concept of the Nolidae as a discrete clade within the Noctuoidea, providing a solid basis for the internal classification within the family (reviewed by Holloway, 2011).

Holloway (2003, 2011) analysed and reviewed the Bornean nolid fauna and this has led to many nomenclatural changes to the Australian fauna. Several genera occurring in Australia were not included in these studies, and the status of these requires further investigation.

Zahiri et al. (2013) provide a molecular analysis that helps clarifying the main relationships within Nolidae.


General References

Holloway, J.D. 1998. The classification of the Sarrothripinae, Chloephorinae, Camptolominae and Nolinae as the Nolidae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea). Quadrifina 1: 247-276

Holloway, J.D. 2003. The Moths of Borneo (Part 18): Family Nolidae. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia : Southdene Sdn. Bhd. Part 18 279 pp., 10 pls.

Holloway, J.D. 2011. The Moths of Borneo. Phaudidae, Himantopteridae, Zygaenidae. Complete checklist, checklist notes, historical appendix, index. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia : Southdene Sdn. Bhd. Vol. Part 2 pp.1-548. [408-418]

Kitching, I.J. & Rawlins, J.E. 1998. The Noctuoidea. pp. 355-401 in Kristensen, N.P. (ed.). Lepidoptera, Moths and Butterflies. Volume 1: Evolution, Systematics, and Biogeography. Handbuch der Zoologie/Handbook of Zoology. Volume IV Arthropoda: Insecta Part 35. i-x. Berlin : Walter de Gruyter Vol. 1(35).

Zahiri, R., Holloway, J.D., Kitching, I.J., Lafontaine, J.D., Mutanen, M. & Wahlberg, N. 2012. Molecular phylogenetics of Erebidae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea). Systematic Entomology 37(1): 102-124 [Date published online 31 Oct 2011]

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

Zahiri, R., Lafontaine, J.D., Holloway, J.D., Kitching, I.J., Schmidt, B.C., Kaila, L. & Wahlberg, N. 2013. Major lineages of Nolidae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea) elucidated by molecular phylogenetics. Cladistics 29(4): 337–359


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
27-Jul-2017 NOCTUOIDEA 12-Jul-2017 MODIFIED Karin Koch
27-Jul-2017 09-Oct-2012 MODIFIED
27-Jul-2017 30-Nov-2011 MODIFIED
15-Nov-2011 ADDED