Lepidoptera: Yponomeutoidea I (Argyresthiidae, Attevidae, Praydidae, Scythropiidae, and Yponomeutidae)


Editor: Bernard Landry
This is the first part of the World Catalogue of Insects of the superfamily Yponomeutoidea with the most current scientific classification, synonymies and misspellings. Primary type locations, status, depositories, reference citations, zoogeographic distributions, known host plants, explanatory notes and corrections are given. In addition, new primary types are designated, new synonymies and combinations are proposed.     

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Biographical Note

Jae-Cheon Sohn, Ph.D. (2013) University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA; M.S. (2002) Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, South Korea. Publications: two guide books for the Korean insects, 50 papers in peer-review journals, and 29 papers in non-peer-review journals. Awardee of the Ernst Mayr Grants (Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University) and the Explorers Club Washington Group Exploration and Field Research Grant.
Jon A. Lewis, Ph.D. (1988) Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. (1997) Columbia State University. Coauthored several articles on moth and hemiptera collections.Curated and cataloged the bulk of the largest collection of immature lepidoptera in the world at the Smithsonian.
Bernard Landry, Ph.D. (1992) Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada; M.Sc. (1987) McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada. Publications: 81 peer-reviewed papers and internet contributions, such as www.pyraloidea.org. Past editor or co-editor of two entomology journals as well as other World Catalogue of Insects volumes. Specializes in Galápagos micromoths and Pyralidae Crambinae of the New World.

Review Quotes

'Catalogues of this kind are very helpful to those making revisions of a particular group of Lepidoptera, since they reduce the need to check sources in detail, as long as this has been thoroughly done. [...] Such a book will only appeal to curators and researchers into this group, but they will find it most useful.'
David Agassiz in: Entomologist’s Gazette (2015) Vol. 66, p. 288-289.

'This catalogue treats five of the eleven families of Yponomeutoidea (a second part will deal with the remaining six). Taxonomic catalogues do not make compelling reading - but then, catalogues are intended for non-linear reference to information such as the names of taxa, author
and date of description, taxonomic status and type specimens. They are perceived better as a component of taxonomic infrastructure.
As with all competent catalogues, this one does much to propel us towards a better understanding of just which genera and species should
be included in the target taxon.'
Malcolm Scoble (Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London) in: Antenna 2015:39 (3), p. 166.

Table of contents

Host Plants
Taxonomic History
Methods and Conventions
List of Changes
New Synonyms
New Combinations
List of Abbreviations
Specimen Depositories
Genera incertae sedis
Species incertae sedis
Nomina nuda
Genera removed from treated families
Species removed from Yponomeutidae


All interested in systematics and taxonomy of Lepidoptera: Yponomeutoidea and institutions, museums and collectors with major collections.

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