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Containing group: Plenitentoria


This is a small family of 6 genera and fewer than 20 described species. Tillyard (1921) described the family originally as a tribe of Sericostomatinae. The monotypic genus Tascuna Neboiss is found in Tasmania. The other genera, Oeconesus McLachlan (5 species), Pseudoeconesus McLachlan (9 species), Zelandopsyche Tillyard (2 species) and the monotypic genera Zepsyche McFarlane and Tarapsyche McFarlane, are endemic to New Zealand. Larval cases are of plant and rock materials (Cowley 1978). Larvae feed on plant debris in small forested streams (Cowley 1978, Winterbourn & Davis 1976). (From Holzenthal et al., 2007)


Cowley, D.R. (1978) Studies on the larvae of New Zealand Trichoptera. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 5, 639750.

Holzenthal R.W., Blahnik, R.J., Prather, A.L., and Kjer K.M. 2007. Order Trichoptera Kirby 1813 (Insecta), Caddisflies. In: Zhang, Z.-Q., and Shear, W.A. (Eds). 2007 Linneaus Tercentenary: Progress in Invertebrate Taxonomy. Zootaxa. 1668:639698.

Tillyard, R.J. (1921) Studies of New Zealand Trichoptera, or caddis-flies: no. 1. Description of a new genus and species belonging to the family Sericostomatidae. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute, Wellington, 53, 346350.

Winterbourn, M.J. & Davis, S.F. (1976) Ecological role of Zelandopsyche ingens (Trichoptera: Oeconesidae) in a beech forest system ecosystem. Marine and Freshwater Research, 27, 197215.

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Scientific Name Zelandopsyche maclellani
Location New Zealand
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By O. Flint Jr.
Life Cycle Stage Adult
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Collection NMNH
Collector Flint
Source Collection Barcode of Life Database (BOLD)
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Karl Kjer
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

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