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Nepticulidae, often named pygmy leafmining moths or just pygmies, contain some of the smallest moths, and even the largest have a wingspan of less than 1 cm. Larvae are usually leafminers on trees or shrubs, with an interesting life history and tight connection to the hostplant. Opostegidae or white eyecap moths are closely related, often a little bit larger, and frequently white with or without darker bands and patches. Larvae rarely make leafmines, they probably feed more often in the cambium layer of tree bark, but this is only known for very few species.
This website aims to be the place for authoritative information on the Taxonomy and Biology of these primitive leaf- and stem-mining moths. From October 31st, 2016 the site contains the newest classification, based on the Molecular Phylogeny (Doorenweerd et al., 2016) and Catalogue (van Nieukerken et al. 2016). This classification contains all described species and synonyms. Currently we recognise 884 extant and 18 fossil species of Nepticulidae and 192 valid Opostegidae species. The site is being built with taxon descriptions and images of existing and published species descriptions. Country maps are available for most species, specimen data and dot maps will appear later. The bibliography is complete for the taxonomic and nomenclatorial literature, with 794 references in October 2016.
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The aim of this site is to make available unpublished figures of novel nematode fauna encountered during ecological research at The Natural History Museum, London. The associated ecological data are published or in preparation for publication, and whilst the majority of species are ‘new’ to science the typically high diversity of these nematode assemblages reduces the likelihood of them being formally described. We hope this move will facilitate the greater use of this previously hidden information and encourage similar activity by other research groups.The NHM London collection comprises material from both research and consultancy projects in numerous localities worldwide, including from deep sea sites in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, hydrothermal vents, whale falls and cold seeps, and intertidal, subtidal and estuarine sites, all of which are rare or unique collections. It is being accessioned into the NHM London Nematode Ecological Collection, databased for remote access on KE Emu and made available online and ultimately for loan.