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Containing group: Limnephilidae


The nominotypical subfamily contains over 60 genera, divided into 4 tribes. Chaetopterygini Hagen, with 10 genera, are a Palearctic group with about 60 species. Chilostigmini Schmid are a group of 11 small genera, with approximately 40 Old and New World species. The tribe Limnephilini Kolenati (21 genera, ca. 300 species) includes most of the lentic genera of the Limnephilidae; it also includes Limnephilus Leach, the most species-diverse genus, with nearly 200 described species widely distributed across the Holarctic region and as far south as Central America; 2 anomalous genera, Sphagnophylax Wiggins and Winchester, and Thermophylax Nimmo have been tentatively assigned to the Limephilini, but this remains in some dispute (Morse 2006). The Stenophylacini Schmid (ca. 200 species) is primarily Old World in distribution, although 4 of its 23 genera are endemic to North America; 1 genus Mesophylax McLachlan, is found in Ethiopia and Arabia (Malicky 1998, 1999).  (From Holzenthal et al., 2007b)


Holzenthal R.W., Blahnik, R.J., Kjer K.M and Prather, A.L. 2007a. An update on the phylogeny of Caddisflies (Trichoptera). Proceedings of the XIIth International Symposium on Trichoptera. Bueno-Soria, R. Barba-Alvearz and B. Armitage (Eds). Pp. 143-153. The Caddis Press.

Holzenthal R.W., Blahnik, R.J., Prather, A.L., and Kjer K.M. 2007b. Order Trichoptera Kirby 1813 (Insecta), Caddisflies. In: Zhang, Z.-Q., and Shear, W.A. (Eds). 2007 Linneaus Tercentenary: Progress in Invertebrate Taxonomy. Zootaxa. 58 pp.

Malicky, H. (1998) Revision der Gattung Mesophylax McLachlan (Trichoptera, Limnephilidae). Beiträge zur Entomologie, 48, 115–144.

Malicky, H. (1999) Eine Köcherfliegen-Ausbeute aus dem Jemen (Trichoptera). Esperiana, 7, 343–348.

Morse, J.C. (2006) Trichoptera World Checklist. Available from http://entweb.clemson.edu/database/trichopt/index.htm (accessed 31 October 2007).

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Scientific Name Limnephilus moestus
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Life Cycle Stage Adult
Source Collection Barcode of Life Database (BOLD)
About This Page

Ralph W. Holzenthal
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Roger J. Blahnik
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Aysha Prather
Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Karl Kjer
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Correspondence regarding this page should be directed to Ralph W. Holzenthal at , Roger J. Blahnik at , Aysha Prather at , and Karl Kjer at

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