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Infurcitinea argentimaculella.jpg
Infurcitinea argentimaculella
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Division: Ditrysia
Family: Tineidae
Subfamily: Meessiinae
Genus: Infurcitinea
Spuler, 1910
Type species
Tinea argentimaculella
Stainton, 1849
76 species

Numerous, see text

Infurcitinea is a genus of the fungus moth family, Tineidae. Therein, it belongs to the Meessiinae, one of the larger fungus moth subfamilies.[1]


76 species were placed in Infurcitinea as of 2003, but new species are still being discovered regularly:[2]


Many formerly independent genera have in more recent times been included in Infurcitinea. Some of them – e.g. Karsholtia, Omichlospora and Tineiforma – are still considered distinct by some authors today. But this seems hardly justified, as splitting off such small or even monotypic groups is liable to make Infurcitinea paraphyletic, and thus the following are usually treated as junior synonyms of the present genus:[3]

  • Atinea Amsel, 1954
  • Atris Zagulayev, 1979
  • Finalis Zagulayev, 1979
  • Gozmanytinea Capuse, 1966
  • Karsholtia Gaedike, 1986
  • Microtinea Amsel, 1954
  • Omichlospora Meyrick, 1928
  • Pseudorumelis Sachkov, 1995
  • Rumelis Zagulayev, 1979
  • Tineiforma Amsel, 1952


  1. ^ Pitkin & Jenkins (2004), FE (2009), and see references in Savela (2001)
  2. ^ Robinson [2010]
  3. ^ Pitkin & Jenkins (2004), FE (2009)