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Long-horned moths
Crocanthes glycina.jpg
Crocanthes glycina
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Gelechioidea
Family: Lecithoceridae
Le Marchand, 1947[1]
Over 100 genera
nearly 900 species

The Lecithoceridae, or long-horned moths, are a family of small moths described by Simon Le Marchand in 1947. Although lecithocerids are found throughout the world, the great majority are found in the Indomalayan realm and the southern part of the Palaearctic realm.


The Lecithoceridae belong to the superfamily Gelechioidea, and comprises over 100 genera and nearly 900 species. The family is divided into these subfamilies:

Park (2015)[2] recently proposed another subfamily Crocanthinae, mainly based on Crocanthes Meyrick. The new subfamily include Crocanthes Meyrick, Aprosesta Turner, st. rev. (which is resurrected as a valid genus), Lamprista Park, Pacificulla Park, Hannara Park, and Gonaepa Walker.

Unplaced to subfamily[edit]


  1. ^ Savela, Markku. "Lecithoceridae Le Marchand, 1947". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Park, Kyu-Tek (2015-12-30). "A new subfamily Crocanthinae based on the genus Crocanthes Meyrick and its related genera, with a world catalog of the subfamily (Lepidoptera, Lecithoceridae)". Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity. 8 (4): 251–286. doi:10.1016/j.japb.2015.10.010.