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Phylogenetic Relationships within Heliodinidae and Systematics of Moths Formerly Assigned to Heliodines Stainton (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutoidea)$
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Yu-Feng Hsu, Ronald Carter, and William Hayes

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520098473

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520098473.001.0001

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Problems in Systematics of Heliodinidae and a Historical Review

Problems in Systematics of Heliodinidae and a Historical Review

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(p.4) 2 Problems in Systematics of Heliodinidae and a Historical Review
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Phylogenetic Relationships within Heliodinidae and Systematics of Moths Formerly Assigned to Heliodines Stainton (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutoidea)
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Yu-Feng Hsu

Jerry A. Powell

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520098473.003.0002

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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