Stenoma (genus)

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Author(s): Daniel H. Janzen, Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund
Source: BOLD Systems

Stenoma Zeller, 1839

The genus contains around 400 species of small moths. The typical wingspan lies between 15 and 30 mm. The genus may be polyphyletic. Most of the species are found in tropical parts of South and Central America. Some are regarded as agricultural pests. For example, the avocado moth, Stenoma catenifer, is an avocado pest in South and Central America. Different authors are assigning this genus to different families, including the Oecophoridae, Depressariidae and Elachistidae.

Type species: Stenoma litura

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: