Cosmopterigidae

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Cosmopterigidae
Hyposmocoma species15.JPG
Upper wings of some Hyposmocoma from the Hawaiian Islands
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Gelechioidea
Family: Cosmopterigidae
Heinemann & Wocke, 1876
Synonyms
  • Cosmopterygidae
  • Diplosaridae Meyrick, 1915
  • Hyposmocomidae Hampson, 1918

The Cosmopterigidae are a family of insects (cosmet moths) in the order Lepidoptera. These are small moths with narrow wings whose tiny larvae feed internally on the leaves, seeds, stems, etc. of their host plants. About 1500 species are described. The taxonomic family is most diverse in the Australian and Pacific region with about 780 species.

Several genera formerly included here have been moved to the Agonoxeninae.

Taxonomy[edit]

The family consists of four subfamilies and these genera:

Selected former genera[edit]

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