Database details

Full name:

Tineidae NHM: Global taxonomic database of Tineidae (Lepidoptera)

Short name:

Tineidae NHM


8.0, Jun 2007

Release date:

June 13th, 2007


GS Robinson

Taxonomic coverage:

Animalia - Arthropoda - Insecta - Lepidoptera - Tineoidea - Tineidae

Number of species names:

2,340 accepted names; 522 synonyms

Number of infraspecies names:

0 accepted names; 20 synonyms

Number of common names:


Total number of names:



The Tineidae - the clothes-moth family - comprises more than 2,000 currently recognized species (with almost 3000 applicable names) of small to medium-sized moths. They differ from all other Lepidoptera in their unorthodox larval biology: most tineid larvae feed on plant or animal detritus, lichen or fungi. In addition to the data available in the Catalogue of Life, this database also gives information on where, when and by whom each taxon was described, and where the original type specimen(s) came from.


Natural History Museum, London, UK

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