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Family Lecithoceridae

small moth - Martyringa latipennis Martyringa latipennis Concealer Moth - Hodges #1065 - Martyringa latipennis Martyringa latipennis Moth - Martyringa latipennis Martyringa latipennis or new species? - Martyringa Martyringa latipennis? - Hodges #1066 - Himalayan Grain Moth (Martyringa ravicapitis) - Martyringa xeraula - male - female Martyringa latipennis - male
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Lecithoceridae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lecithoceridae Le Marchand, 1947
Two species in one genus (Martyringa) in our area (1). See notes on the genus page for why Martyringa is included in the Lecithoceridae rather than the Oecophoridae as before.
Primarily Palearctic and Indomalayan.
"It is notable that in Lecithoceridae even minor differences and combinations in venation pattern, variably combined with small differences in genitalia, have been credited as sufficient evidence for erecting numerous genera (see e.g. Gozmany, 1978; Park, 2012 and references therein,for discussion). It is likely that such a classification will not survive any analytical scrutiny" (2).
Works Cited
1.Annotated taxonomic checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico
Pohl, G.R., Patterson, B., & Pelham, J.P. 2016.
2.Morphology reinforces proposed molecular phylogenetic affinities: a revised classification for Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera)
Heikkilä, M., Mutanen, M., Kekkonen, M. and Kaila, L. 2014. Cladistics 30: 563–589.