Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: April 2, 2005
Publication Date: April 16, 2005
Citation: Brown, J.W. 2005. Status of the systematics and classificaiton of neotropical tortricidae. Meeting Abstract. Campinas, Brazil. 1:04/16/2005
Over the past 20 years the classification of the family Tortricidae has stabilized, with many of the groups formerly considered distinct families or subfamilies now regarded as tribes within the three currently defined subfamilies: Tortricinae, Olethreutinae, and Chlidanotinae. The family is comprised of about 9,200 described species, nearly 20% of which are known from the New World tropics. All of the major tortricid lineages (tribes) occur in the Neotropics, and three - Euliini, Sparganothini, and Chlidanotini - reach their greatest diversity in this region. An average of about 50 new species per year are described from the Neotropical Region, over 10 times the average of any other region.