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Title: Tischerioidea  
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Subject: Monotrysia, Lasiocampoidea, Nepticuloidea, Gracillarioidea, Copromorphoidea
Collection: Lepidoptera Superfamilies, Moths, Tischerioidea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Glossata
Superfamily: Tischerioidea
Family: Tischeriidae
About 3 genera and 110 species

Tischerioidea is the superfamily of "trumpet" leaf miner moths. This is one candidate as the sister group (see also Palaephatoidea) of the bulk of Lepidoptera, the Ditrysia (Davis, 1999; Wiegmann et al., 2002), and they have a monotrysian type of female reproductive system. The superfamily contains just one family and traditionally one genus, Tischeria, but currently three genera are recognised, widespread across the World including South America (Davis, 1986), except for Australasia (Puplesis and Diskus, 2003). These small moths are leaf-miners [1] in the caterpillar stage, feeding mainly on Fagaceae (Tischeria and Coptotriche), Asteraceae and Malvaceae (Astrotischeria), and some also on Rhamnaceae, Tiliaceae and Rosaceae[2][3].


  1. ^ Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness - Lepidoptera
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  • Davis, D.R. (1999). The Monotrysian Heteroneura. Ch. 6, pp. 65–90 in Kristensen, N.P. (Ed.). Lepidoptera, Moths and Butterflies. Volume 1: Evolution, Systematics, and Biogeography. Handbuch der Zoologie. Eine Naturgeschichte der Stämme des Tierreiches / Handbook of Zoology. A Natural History of the phyla of the Animal Kingdom. Band / Volume IV Arthropoda: Insecta Teilband / Part 35: 491 pp. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York.
  • Puplesis, R. & Diskus,A. (2003). The Nepticuloidea and Tischerioidea (Lepidoptera) - a Global Review with Strategic Regional Revisions. 512 pp. Apollo books. ISBN 9955-575-09-3.
  • Wiegmann, B.M., Regier, J.C. and Mitter, C. (2002). Combined molecular and morphological evidence on the phylogeny of the earliest lepidopteran lineages. Zoologica Scripta, 31(1): 67-81. doi:10.1046/j.0300-3256.2001.00091.x


  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Insects and Spiders, edited by Christopher O'Toole, ISBN 1-55297-612-2, 2002

External links

  • Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: the families of Lepidoptera. Version: 29 December 2011 Detailed description and figures including wing venation.
  • Family description
  • Tree of Life
  • Fauna Europaea
  • UK Moths
  • UK leaf mines
  • UK species
  • World overview
  • Natural History Museum Hosts database
  • Microleps U.S.A. (Nearctic)
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