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Family Depressariidae

Gold-striped Leaftier Moth - Machimia tentoriferella 980  - Ethmia discostrigella Gonioterma mistrella Gray moth - Antaeotricha humilis Gold-striped Leaftier - Machimia tentoriferella Agonopterix walsinghamella Pennsylvania Moth - Semioscopis aurorella Purple Carrot-seed Moth - Depressaria depressana
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Depressariidae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Depressariidae Meyrick, 1883
*treated as a full family by Heikkilä et al. (2014) (1)
Note: Epigraphiidae is an older name and has priority, but is rarely used. As of 2014, Heikkilä et al. "were preparing an application to the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) to suppress this name in favor of Depressariidae" (1).
Explanation of Names
Depressariidae from type genus Depressaria (Haworth), Latin meaning "flat," for their flat bodies. (2)
Numbers
2300 spp. worldwide (Heikkilä et al. 2013)
Identification
"The genital feature present in many depressariids (though not all), and in Elachistidae, is a spinose, lobe-like gnathos in the male genitalia (also in Coleophoridae). The pupal characters include the presence of lateral condyles on the abdominal segments, preventing lateral movement of the pupa, and a paired spur group, often on swellings that may be developed as so called pupal legs, ventrally on abdominal segment 9" (1).
Life Cycle
Samples of life cycle
Remarks
Previously treated as a subfamily of Gelechiidae
Internet References
Works Cited
1.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.
2.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.