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Subfamily Stenomatinae

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November 2022 - C. J. Byrne, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery


There have been several changes to the higher-order classification of the Stenomatinae as taxonomic knowledge of the group has accumulated. Previously the subfamily was often classified as a separate family of the Gelechioidea (as Stenomidae) (Meyrick 1906, Duckworth 1964) but in 1978, Hodges associated it with the Xyloryctinae (now elevated to family), both as subfamilies of the Oecophoridae. Then Minet, in 1990, proposed a greatly expanded Elachistidae of eight subfamilies, including the Stenomatinae. Hodges (1998), Kaila (2004) and Zhang (2011) all followed Minet's classification of the Stenomatinae, although Kaila was tentative in this assignment. Recent studies based on both molecular and morphological data have now tended to treat the subfamily under the Depressariidae (Heikkila et al. 2014, Sohn et al. 2016, Wang and Li 2020) albeit with some hesitancy because of some instability in relationships, possibly due to insufficient taxon sampling.


General References

Duckworth, W. D. 1964. North American Stenomidae (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea). Proceedings of the United States National Museum 116(3495): 23–72, 4 plates, 45 figures

Heikkilä, M., Mutanen, M., Kekkonen, M. & Kaila, L. 2014. Morphology reinforces proposed molecular phylogenetic affinities: a revised classification for Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera). Cladistics 30: 563–589

Hodges, R.W. 1978. Gelechioidea: Cosmopterigidae. In, Dominick, R.B. et al. (eds). The Moths of America North of Mexico. London : E.W. Classey Limited & R.B.D. Publications Inc. Vol. 6.1 166+x pp., 6 pls.

Hodges, R.W. 1998. The Gelechioidea. pp. 131-158 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).

Kaila, L. 2004. Phylogeny of the superfamily Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera: Ditrysia): an exemplar approach. Cladistics 20(4): 303-340

Meyrick, E. 1906. Descriptions of Australian Tineina. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 30: 33-66 [50]

Minet, J. 1990. Remaniement partiel de la classification des Gelechioidea, essentiellement en fonction de caractères pré-imaginaux. Alexanor 16: 239-255

Sohn, J.C., J.C. Regier, C. Mitter, D. Adamski, J.F. Landry, M. Heikkilä, K.T. Park, T. Harrison, K. Mitter, A. Zwick, A.Y. Kawahara, S. Cho, M.P. Cummings & P. Schmitz 2016. Phylogeny and feeding trait evolution of the mega-diverse Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera: Obtectomera): New insight from 19 nuclear genes. Systematic Entomology 1 41: 112-132

Wang, Q. and Li, H. 2020. Phylogeny of the superfamily Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera: Obtectomera), with an exploratory application on geometric morphometrics. Zoologica Scripta 49(10): 307-328

Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) 2011. Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness. Zootaxa 3148


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)
05-Jun-2024 GELECHIOIDEA 30-Nov-2022 MODIFIED Dr Cathy Byrne (TMAG) Ms Eileen Lee (TMAG)
12-Feb-2010 (import)