Nemaxera

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Nemaxera
Nemaxera betulinella E-MK-17442a.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tineidae
Genus: Nemaxera
Zagulajev, 1964
Species: N. betulinella
Binomial name
Nemaxera betulinella
(Paykull, 1785)

Nemaxera is a genus of the fungus moth family, Tineidae. Therein, it belongs to the subfamily Nemapogoninae. The genus it is considered monotypic, with the single species Nemaxera betulinella placed here.[1]

Illustration from John Curtis's British Entomology Volume 6

The species occurs in western Eurasia east of France; it is also found in Great Britain but appears to be absent from the Balkans. Its caterpillars feed mainly on fungi, namely birch polypore (Fomitopsis betulina) and turkey tail (Trametes versicolor). To a lesser extent, they eat rotting wood.[2]

Junior synonyms of N. betulinella are:[3]

  • Nemaxera emortuella (Zeller, 1839)
  • Tinea betulinella Paykull, 1785
  • Tinea concinnella Hübner, [1836]
  • Tinea corticella Curtis, 1834 (non Linnaeus, 1758: preoccupied)
  • Tinea emortuella Zeller, 1839type of genus Nemaxera

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Pitkin & Jenkins (2004), FE (2009), Robinson [2010], and see references in Savela (2001)
  2. ^ Grabe (1942), FE (2009), and see references in Savela (2001)
  3. ^ Pitkin & Jenkins (2004), FE (2009), Robinson [2010]

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