Apatelodidae

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Apatelodidae
Apatelodes torrefacta.jpg
Apatelodes torrefacta
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
Family: Apatelodidae
Neumoegen & Dyar, 1894
Synonyms

Apatelodinae

Apatelodidae, the American silkworm moths, is a family of insects in the order Lepidoptera. They are a family within the superfamily Bombycoidea.[1][2]

Distribution[edit]

Species are exclusively found in the New World, with the highest diversity in the Neotropical ecozone.

Diversity[edit]

The family consists of about 17 genera and about 250 species.

Taxonomy[edit]

There is only one subfamily (Apatelodinae) with the removal of the Phiditiidae as a separate family, and the more recently-resolved placement of Epiinae; historically, Apatelodinae, Epiinae, and Phiditiinae were all placed in the Bombycidae.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zwick, Andreas; Regier, Jerome C.; Mitter, Charles; Cummings, Michael P. (2010-09-30). "Increased gene sampling yields robust support for higher-level clades within Bombycoidea (Lepidoptera)". Systematic Entomology. 36: 31–43. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3113.2010.00543.x.
  2. ^ Kitching I, Rougerie R, Zwick A, Hamilton C, St Laurent R, Naumann S, Ballesteros Mejia L, Kawahara A (2018) A global checklist of the Bombycoidea (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Biodiversity Data Journal 6: e22236. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.6.e22236

External links[edit]

  • ACG Page of images of Apatelodidae from Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica.