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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Glossata
Infraorder: Exoporia
Superfamily: Hepialoidea
Family: Palaeosetidae
Genera and species
4 genera and 7 species

Palaeosetidae or "miniature ghost moths" is a family of insects in the Lepidopteran order contained within the superfamily Hepialoidea.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Palaeosetidae is a primitive family of Hepialoidea with four currently recognised genera and seven species.


One genus occurs in Colombia, South America (Osrhoes) and the other three genera have an Old World distribution from Assam to Australia (Kristensen, 1999: 59-61; Nielsen et al., 2000).


  • Kristensen, N.P., (1999). The non-Glossatan Moths. Ch. 4, pp. 41-62 in Kristensen, N.P. (Ed.). Lepidoptera, Moths and Butterflies. Volume 1: Evolution, Systematics, and Biogeography. Handbuch der Zoologie. Eine Naturgeschichte der Stämme des Tierreiches / Handbook of Zoology. A Natural History of the phyla of the Animal Kingdom. Band / Volume IV Arthropoda: Insecta Teilband / Part 35: 491 pp. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York.
  • Nielsen, E.S., Robinson, G.S. and Wagner, D.L. 2000. Ghost-moths of the world: a global inventory and bibliography of the Exoporia (Mnesarchaeoidea and Hepialoidea) (Lepidoptera) Journal of Natural History, 34(6): 823-878.Abstract


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