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Title: Simaethistoidea  
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Subject: Lasiocampoidea, Nepticuloidea, Gracillarioidea, Copromorphoidea, Andesiana
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Simaethistoidea
Family: Simaethistidae
4 species in Australia, China and India

Simaethistoidea is an obscure superfamily of pyralid-like moths with two genera, whose biology and relationships among the Ditrysia [1] is currently unknown, namely the Australian Metaprotus (2 species)[2] and the China and North Indian Simaethistis (2 species) (Dugdale et al., 1999).

Genera and species


  • Dugdale, J.S., Kristensen, N.P., Robinson, G.S. and Scoble, M.J. (1999). The smaller microlepidoptera-grade superfamilies. Ch. 13, P. 219 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.
  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Insects and Spiders, edited by Christopher O'Toole, ISBN 1-55297-612-2, 2002

External links

  • Tree of Life
  • Australian Moths Online
  • Simaethistoidea at Australian Faunal Directory
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