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Familia: Micropterigidae Herrich-Schäffer, [1856]

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Micropterygina Herrich-Schäffer, 1856: 5.
Type: Micropterix Hübner, [1825]: 426.

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Eriocephalidae Chapman, 1894: 335. Type genus: Eriocephala Curtis, 1839: pl. 751. Junior subjective synonym.



Micropterigids are of moth-like habit. They are mostly small (wingspan between 3 and 15 mm) and often beautifully coloured in purple, violet, silver and gold.


The family is distributed throughout all regions except the arctic and antartic areas.

Worth knowing:


Herrich-Schäffer, G. A. 1850-1858. Sammlung neuer oder wenig bekannter aussereurpäischer Schmetterlinge I. G. J. Manz, Regensburg: 84 pp., 120 pl.
Kristensen, N. P. 1984a. Studies on the morphology and systematics of primitive Lepidoptera (Insecta). – Steenstrupia 10: 141–191.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2009.03.26
Kurz Michael: 2020.08.04
Kurz Michael: 2020.08.28
not reviewed