Phyllonorycter

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Phyllonorycter
Phyllonorycter corylifoliella 2.jpg
Phyllonorycter corylifoliella
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gracillariidae
Subfamily: Lithocolletinae
Genus: Phyllonorycter
Hübner, 1822
Species

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Synonyms
  • Lithocolletis Hubner, 1825
  • Argyromyges J. Curtis 1829
  • Argyromis Stephens, 1829
  • Eucestis Hübner, 1825
  • Hirsuta Bruand, 1851 (unavailable name)

Phyllonorycter is a genus of moths in the family Gracillariidae.

Diversity[edit]

The genus comprises about 400 species, with a worldwide distribution. The vast majority of species are found in the temperate regions, with about 257 species described from the Palaearctic region and 81 from the Nearctic. In the tropics, the genus is species-poor, with 36 species described from Indo-Australia, 13 from the Neotropics and 22 from the Afrotropical region.[1] In 2012, a further 27 species were described from the Afrotropics.[2]

Species[edit]

Recently moved species[edit]

Species of unknown status[edit]

  • Phyllonorycter crocinella (Sorhagen, 1900), original combination Lithocolletis crocinella. This species was described from Germany. The identity remains questionable, since no type material is known to exist and no further collections have been authenticated since it was described. Although it was originally reported as a leafminer on Salix, Spuler (1910) considered it only as a form of Phyllonorycter kleemannella (Fabricius), which mines the leaves of Alnus.
  • Phyllonorycter graeseriella (Sorhagen, 1900), original combination Lithocolletis graeseriella. This species was described from Germany. The identity remains questionable, since no type material is known to exist and no further collections have been authenticated since it was described.
  • Phyllonorycter salincolella (Sorhagen, 1900), original combination Lithocolletis salincolella. This species was described from Germany. The identity remains questionable, since no type material is known to exist and no further collections have been authenticated since it was described. Without explanation, Kuznetsov (1981) treated salincolella as a form of Phyllonorycter rajella which feeds on Alnus, although the original records report salincolella on Salix caprea.[3]

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