Tinea (moth)

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Case-bearing clothes moth (T. pellionella),
adult from Commanster (Belgian Ardennes)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Division: Ditrysia
Family: Tineidae
Subfamily: Tineinae
Genus: Tinea
Linnaeus, 1758
Type species
Phalaena (Tinea) pellionella
Linnaeus, 1758

Several, see text


Numerous, see text

Tinea is a genus of the fungus moth family, Tineidae. Therein, it belongs to the subfamily Tineinae. As evident by its name, it is the type genus of its subfamily and family. Established as one of the very first subgroups of "Phalaena", it used to contain many species of Tineidae that are nowadays placed in other genera, as well as a few moths nowadays placed elsewhere.[1]

Selected species[edit]

Species of Tinea include:[2]

Species formerly placed here include for example Ceratobia oxymora. Before the 19th century, many unrelated moths were placed in Tinea at one time or another.


Junior synonyms of Tinea are:[3]

  • Acedes Hübner, [1825]
  • Autoses Hübner, [1825]
  • Chrysoryctis Meyrick, 1886
  • Dystinea Börner in Brohmer, 1925
  • Monopina[verification needed] Zagulyaev, 1955
  • Scleroplasta Meyrick, 1919
  • Ses Hübner, 1822
  • Taenia (lapsus; non Linnaeus, 1758: preoccupied)
  • Tinaea (lapsus)
  • Tinearia Rafinesque, 1815 (unjustified emendation; non Schellenberg, 1803: preoccupied)
  • Tineopis Zagulyaev, 1960

Edosa is sometimes included in Tinea; it is here treated as doubtfully distinct genus for the time being.[4]


  1. ^ Pitkin & Jenkins (2004), FE (2009), and see references in Savela (2009)
  2. ^ ABRS (2008), FE (2009), Robinson [2010], and see references in Savela (2009)
  3. ^ Pitkin & Jenkins (2004), ABRS (2008), FE (2009), and see references in Savela (2009)
  4. ^ FE (2009), Robinson [2010], and see references in Savela (2009)