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Problems in Systematics of Heliodinidae and a Historical Review

Yu-Feng Hsu and Jerry A. Powell

in Phylogenetic Relationships within Heliodinidae and Systematics of Moths Formerly Assigned to Heliodines Stainton (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutoidea)

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520098473
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098473.003.0002
Problems in Systematics of Heliodinidae and a Historical Review

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The major problems in systematics of Heliodinidae have been lack of modern revisionary work for the majority of heliodinid groups; difficulty in identifying and recognizing species using existing descriptions, because most known species were described before 1940, when genitalia rarely were described or illustrated; and erroneous assignments of species to higher-level taxa because of similarity in appearance of remotely related species. Heliodinidae was not recognized as a family until Heinemann (1877), and before 1877, were placed in either “Tineina” or Elachistidae. Before 1910, most of the taxonomic information on Heliodinidae had been in the form of scattered descriptions of genera and species. Comments on relationships of various groups of heliodinids to the European Heliodines roesella (L.), the type species of Heliodines, and a few other genera were made by Meyrick (1906) and Walsingham (1881, 1909). Documentation of the biology began in the early period.

Keywords: Heliodinidae; heliodinids; systematics; genitalia; Heliodines; biology; genera

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Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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