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Distribution path and Subregions of Africa (More Checklists)
Path: Continents - Africa
Subregions: Central Africa (Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe), East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Indian Ocean islands, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe), North Africa (Algeria, Libya, Macaronesia, Morocco, Sahara, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia), Southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Republic South Africa, Swaziland), West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, West coast of Africa)
Taxonomy for Lepidoptera (Lepidopterans) in Africa
Class
Africa
Insecta (Linnaeus, 1758) (Insects) - Systematics
 827 families, 23673 genera, 180376 species
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Subclass
Africa
Pterygota (Lang, 1888) (Winged insects)
 814 families, 23548 genera, 180015 species
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Infraclass
Africa
Neoptera (Van Der Wulp, 1890) (Wing-folding insects)
 778 families, 23237 genera, 178315 species
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Superorder
Africa
Holometabola (Heider, 1889) (Holometabolous Insects)
 468 families, 18100 genera, 156385 species
Tree
Order
Africa
Lepidoptera (Linnaeus, 1758) (Lepidopterans) - Systematics
 94 families, 5817 genera, 49587 species
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Families238    worldwide
Genera26.590    worldwide
Species451.495    worldwide
Common namesLepidopterans, Butterflies and Moths
German namesSchmetterlinge und Motten, Falter, Schmetterlinge
Dutch namesVlinders, Schubvleugeligen
Danish namesSommerfugle
Finnish namesPerhoset
Norwegian namesSommerfugler
Swedish namesFjärilar
Spanish namesLepidópteros, Mariposas
Italian namesFarfalle
French namesPapillons
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia (Asia, Europe, Russia, Caucasus, North Eurasia, West Eurasia)

America (North America, South America, Central America, Caribbean)

Africa (East Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa, North Africa, West Africa)

Oceania (Australasia, Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia)

Antarctica (Subantarctic Islands, Antarctic Islands, Ross Dependency)


Ecozones:

Palaearctic (West Palaearctic, East Palaearctic)

Nearctic, Afrotropical, Neotropical, Indo-Australian region (Oriental, Malesia)

Holarctic


Fossils:

Cenozoic (Paleogene, Neogene, Quaternary)

Paleozoic (Cambrian, Permian, Ordovician, Carboniferous, Silurian, Devonian)

Mesozoic (Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic)


World Oceans:

Pacific Ocean (South Pacific, Pacific Islands, North Pacific, Central Pacific)

Atlantic Ocean (British overseas territory Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, North Sea)

Indian Ocean (Red Sea, Western Indian Ocean, Great Australian Bight, Eastern Indian Ocean)

Antarctic Ocean


Countries
Checklists
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Somaliland, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, USA, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Links and ReferencesLepidoptera in arkansaslepidopterasurvey.net
Lepidoptera in bie.ala.org.au
Lepidoptera in butterflies.bcghana.org
Lepidoptera in mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu
Lepidoptera in afromoths.net
Lepidoptera in butterfliesofamerica.com
Lepidoptera in darwinfoundation.org
Lepidoptera in faunaeur.org
Lepidoptera in itis.gov
Lepidoptera in leps.it
Lepidoptera in papua-insects.nl
Lepidoptera in staffs-ecology.org.uk
Lepidoptera in tyllinen.eu
Lepidoptera in ucl.ac.uk
Lepidoptera in abdb-africa.org
Lepidoptera in dyntaxa.se
Lepidoptera in Wikipedia (English)
Suborder
Africa
    Aglossata (Speidel, 1977)
     1 family, 1 genus, 1 species
Suborder
Africa
    Glossata (Fabricius, 1775)
     91 families, 5789 genera, 49497 species
Suborder
Africa
    Zeugloptera (Chapman, 1917)
     1 family, 2 genera, 25 species

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Family overview for Lepidoptera (Lepidopterans) in Africa
Acanthopteroctetidae (Davis, 1978) - 2 SpeciesArchaic Sun Moths
Adelidae (Bruand, 1851) - 106 SpeciesLonghorned Fairy Moths
Agathiphagidae (N. P. Kristensen, 1967) - 1 SpeciesKauri Moths
Agonoxenidae (Meyrick, 1926) - 3 SpeciesPalm Moths
Alucitidae (Leach, 1815) - 60 SpeciesMany Plumed Moths
Anomoeotidae (Hering, 1937) - 46 Species
Anthelidae (Turner, 1904) - 1 SpeciesAustralian Lappet Moths
Arctiidae (Leach, 1815) - 2862 SpeciesTiger Moths
Autostichidae (Le Marchand, 1947) - 73 SpeciesAutostichid Moths
Batrachedridae (Heinemann & Wocke, 1876) - 31 SpeciesFlower moths
Blastobasidae (Meyrick, 1894) - 3 SpeciesScavenger Moths
Bombycidae (Latreille, 1802) - 38 SpeciesSilkworm Moths
Brachodidae (Agenjo, 1966) - 42 SpeciesLittle Bear Moths
Brahmaeidae (Swinhoe, 1892) - 30 SpeciesBrahmin Moths
Callidulidae (Moore, 1877) - 9 SpeciesOld World Butterfly Moths
Carposinidae (Walsingham, 1907) - 42 SpeciesFruitworm Moths
Castniidae (Boisduval, 1828) - 2 SpeciesGiant Butterfly Moths
Cecidosidae (Brèthes, 1916) - 14 SpeciesGall Moths
Choreutidae (Stainton, 1854) - 55 SpeciesMetalmark Moths
Coleophoridae (Hübner, 1825) - 393 SpeciesCasebearer Moths
Copromorphidae (Meyrick, 1905) - 10 SpeciesTropical Fruitworm Moths
Cosmopterigidae (Heinemann & Wocke, 1876) - 278 SpeciesCosmet Moths
Cossidae (Leach, 1815) - 627 SpeciesCarpenterworm Moths
Crambidae (Latreille, 1810) - 2615 SpeciesGrass moth
Ctenuchidae (W. Kirby, 1837) - 2 SpeciesWasp moths
Douglasiidae (Heinemann & Wocke, 1876) - 2 SpeciesDouglas Moths
Drepanidae (Meyrick, 1895) - 103 SpeciesHooktip Moths
Dudgeoneidae (Berger, 1958) - 51 SpeciesDudgeon Carpenterworm Moths
Elachistidae (Bruand, 1851) - 291 SpeciesGrass Miner Moths
Epermeniidae (Spuler, 1910) - 57 SpeciesFringe Tufted Moths
Epipyropidae (Dyar, 1903) - 7 SpeciesPlanthopper Parasite Moths
Erebidae (Leach, 1815) - 3256 SpeciesErebid Moths
Eriocottidae (Spuler, 1898) - 50 SpeciesOld World Spiny Winged Moths
Eupterotidae (Swinhoe, 1892) - 326 SpeciesGiant Lappet Moths
Euteliidae (Grote, 1882) - 148 SpeciesEuteliid Moths
Galacticidae (Minet, 1986) - 9 SpeciesGalacticid Moths
Gelechiidae (Stainton, 1854) - 1243 SpeciesTwirler Moths
Geometridae (Leach, 1815) - 5498 SpeciesGeometer Moths
Glyphipterigidae (Stainton, 1854) - 46 SpeciesSedge Moths
Gracillariidae (Stainton, 1854) - 386 SpeciesLeafminer Moths
Heliodinidae (Heinemann & Wocke, 1876) - 3 SpeciesSun Moths
Heliozelidae (Heinemann & Wocke, 1876) - 7 SpeciesShield Bearer Moths
Hepialidae (Stephens, 1829) - 103 SpeciesGhost Moths
Hesperiidae (Latreille, 1809) - 1213 SpeciesSkipper Butterflies
Heterogynidae (Rambur, 1866) - 1 SpeciesMediterranean Burnet Moths
Himantopteridae (Rogenhofer, 1884) - 54 SpeciesLong Tailed Burnet Moths
Holcopogonidae (Gozmany, 1967) - 1 Species
Hyblaeidae (Hampson, 1903) - 15 SpeciesTeak Moths
Immidae (Heppner, 1977) - 14 SpeciesImma Moths
Incurvariidae (Spuler, 1898) - 1 SpeciesLeafcutter Moths
Lacturidae (Heppner, 1995) - 2 SpeciesTropical Burnet Moths
Lasiocampidae (Harris, 1841) - 1061 SpeciesLappet Moths
Lecithoceridae (Le Marchand, 1947) - 206 SpeciesTropical Longhorned Moths
Lemoniidae (Hampson, 1918) - 10 SpeciesAutumn Silkworm Moths
Limacodidae (Duponchel, 1845) - 575 SpeciesSlug Caterpillar Moths
Lycaenidae (Leach, 1815) - 3908 SpeciesGossamer Winged Butterflies
Lyonetiidae (Stainton, 1854) - 94 SpeciesLyonet Moths
Micronoctuidae (Fibiger In Fibiger & Lafonteine, 2005) - 2 Species
Micropterigidae (Herrich-schäffer, 1855) - 25 SpeciesMandibulate Archaic Moths
Momphidae (Herrich Schaffer, 1857) - 2 SpeciesMompha Moths
Nepticulidae (Stainton, 1854) - 220 SpeciesMinute Eye Cap Moths
Noctuidae (Latreille, 1809) - 5873 SpeciesOwlet Moths
Nolidae (Hampson, 1894) - 883 SpeciesTuft moths
Notodontidae (Stephens, 1829) - 1284 SpeciesProminent Moths
Nymphalidae (Rafinesque, 1815) - 4237 SpeciesBrush Footed Butterflies
Oecophoridae (Bruand, 1851) - 365 SpeciesConcealer Moths
Opostegidae (Meyrick, 1893) - 16 SpeciesWhite Eye Cap Moths
Papilionidae (Latreille, 1802) - 419 SpeciesSwallowtail Butterflies
Pieridae (Duponchel, 1835) - 706 SpeciesYellows & Whites & Sulphurs
Plutellidae (Guenée, 1845) - 50 SpeciesDiamondback Moths
Prodoxidae (Riley, 1881) - 1 SpeciesYucca Moths
Prototheoridae (Meyrick, 1917) - 16 SpeciesAfrican Primitive Ghost Moths
Psychidae (Boisduval, 1828) - 400 SpeciesBagworm Moths
Pterolonchidae (Meyrick, 1918) - 5 SpeciesLance Wing Moths
Pterophoridae (Zeller, 1841) - 663 SpeciesPlume Moths
Pyralidae (Latreille, 1802) - 2064 SpeciesSnout Moths
Riodinidae (Grote, 1895) - 52 SpeciesMetalmark Butterflies
Saturniidae (Boisduval, 1837) - 1019 SpeciesEmperor Moths
Scythrididae (Rebel, 1901) - 77 SpeciesFlower Moths
Sematuridae (Guenée, 1858) - 2 SpeciesAmerican Swallowtail Moths
Sesiidae (Boisduval, 1828) - 415 SpeciesClearwing Moths
Somabrachyidae (Hampson, 1920) - 6 SpeciesMediterranean Flannel Moths
Sphingidae (Latreille, 1802) - 798 SpeciesHawk Moths
Thyrididae (Herrich-schäffer, 1846) - 300 SpeciesPicture Winged Leaf Moths
Tineidae (Latreille, 1810) - 1006 SpeciesFungus Moths
Tischeriidae (Spuler, 1898) - 19 SpeciesTrumpet Leafminer Moths
Tortricidae (Latreille, 1803) - 1679 SpeciesLeafroller Moths
Uraniidae (Blanchard, 1845) - 136 SpeciesSwallowtail Moths
Whalleyanidae (Minet, 1991) - 2 Species
Xyloryctidae (Meyrick, 1890) - 346 SpeciesTimber Moths
Yponomeutidae (Stephens, 1829) - 136 SpeciesErmine Moths
Ypsolophidae (Guenée, 1845) - 19 SpeciesYpsolophid Moths
Zygaenidae (Latreille, 1809) - 192 SpeciesBurnet Moths
93 Families with 49521 Species in Africa
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Species overview - Checklist for Lepidoptera in Africa without family allocation
Species with ANext  
Archaeotychia albiciliata (Walsingham, 1891)Info
Archaeotychia dentata (Kallies, 2016)Info
Archaeotychia dicksoni (Kallies, 2016)Info
Archaeotychia khoisanorum (Kallies, 2016)Info
Archaeotychia krooni (Kallies, 2016)Info
Archaeotychia metaspila (Meyrick, 1926)Info
Archaeotychia quiris (Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)Info
Archaeotychia semicuprea (Kallies, 2016)Info
Armatophallus akagericus (Bidzilya, 2015)Info
Armatophallus crudescens (Meyrick, 1920)Info
Armatophallus exoenota (Meyrick, 1918)Info
Armatophallus hackeri (Bidzilya, 2015)Info
Armatophallus kuehnei (Bidzilya, 2015)Info
Armatophallus xylophaea (Meyrick, 1921)Info
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Barbutodes albizziae (Tams, 1941)Info
Barbutodes lantzi (Leraut, 2013)Info
Species with CBack  Next  Top
Capronia adelica ()Info
Capronia pillaana ()Info
Cassouodes camptoceralis (Hampson, 1906)Info
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Debrosana puechredoni (Berio, 1993)Info
Diquishia ansorgei (Bethune-baker, 1911)Info
Diquishia morion (Kurshakov & Zolotuhin, 2016)Info
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Geractia poliotis (Hampson, 1905)Info
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Lantzina hodeberti (Leraut, 2013)Info
Lantzina prasinalis (Hampson, 1906)Info
Lantzina rufalis (Leraut, 2013)Info
Lantzodes alcardi (Leraut, 2007)Info
Lantzodes bernardii (Leraut, 2007)Info
Lantzodes dargei (Leraut, 2007)Info
Lantzodes lamtoalis (Leraut, 2013)Info
Lantzodes nienokouealis (Leraut, 2013)Info
Lantzodes obovalis (Hampson, 1917)Info
Lantzodes semicircularis (Hampson, 1917)Info
Lantzodes subpurpuralis (Leraut, 2013)Info
Lantzodes vinacealis (Leraut, 2007)Info
Lichtensteiniana aloides (Mey, 2015)Info
Lichtensteiniana brandbergensis (Mey, 2015)Info
Lichtensteiniana fuscoalaria (Mey, 2015)Info
Lichtensteiniana strigulatus (Gaede, 1929)Info
Lichtensteiniana tessellatus (Clench, 1959)Info
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Mabokia boudinotalis (Leraut, 2013)Info
Mabokia delicatalis (Leraut, 2013)Info
Metachrostia velox (Hübner, 1813)Info
Meyoarabiella meyi (Yakovlev, 2008)Info
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Namibiocossus danieli (Clench, 1959)Info
Namibiocossus gaerdesi (Daniel, 1956)Info
Namibiocossus punctifera (Gaede, 1929)Info
Namibiocossus uhligorum (Mey, 2015)Info
Nothobrachodes infanda (Meyrick, 1920)Info
Nothobrachodes nycteropis (Meyrick, 1920)Info
Nussodes abidjanalis (Leraut, 2013)Info
Nussodes africalis (Leraut, 2007)Info
Nussodes nimbaensis (Leraut, 2013)Info
Species with PBack  Next  Top
Pachyluncaria pachyluncus (Razowski, 2014)Info
Phaeodontella brunnea (Rothschild, 1917)Info
Postscrancia discomma (Jordan, 1916)Info
Species with RBack  Next  Top
Retisfera setifera (Razowski, 2014)Info
Royia nimbaensis (Leraut, 2011)Info
Species with SBack  Next  Top
Soligena juna (Prozorov & Zolotuhin, 2016)Info
Soligena spissa (Tams, 1929)Info
Soligena volta (Prozorov & Zolotuhin, 2016)Info
Speideliana erichkaestneri (Schintlmeister & Witt, 2015)Info
Speideliana maget (Schintlmeister & Witt, 2015)Info
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Tarthorhynchus exsiccata (Lederer, 1855)Info
64 Species in Lepidoptera for Africa listed without family allocation
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderLepidoptera
Lepidopterans, Butterflies and Moths
AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
 
Synonyms
Frenatae (Comstock, 1892)
Jugatae (Gers, 1981)
Macrolepidoptera (Minet, 1991)
Microlepidoptera (Wilcox, 1953)

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