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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Gelechioidea
Family: Batrachedridae
Heinemann & Wocke, 1876
  • Batrachedrinae

The Batrachedridae are a small family of moths. These are small, slender moths which rest with their wings wrapped tightly around their bodies. The taxonomy of this and related groups is often disputed. It was long thought to contain two genera, Batrachedra (many species) and Houdinia (a single species, Houdinia flexilissima from New Zealand and surrounding islands).[1]

Recently, other genera have been assigned to the family. These include:

Former genera[edit]

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  1. ^ Hoare, R et al., The world’s thinnest caterpillar? A new genus and species of Batrachedridae (Lepidoptera) from Sporadanthus ferrugineus (Restionaceae), a threatened New Zealand plant. Invertebrate Systematics 20(5) 571–583, 2006