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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Cladus: Macroheterocera
Superfamilia: Bombycoidea

Familia: Bombycidae
Subfamiliae (2): BombycinaeEpiinae


Bombycidae Latreille, 1802.

Type genus: Bombyx Linnaeus, 1758.

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Kitching, I.J., Rougerie, R., Zwick, A., Hamilton, C.A., St Laurent, R.A., Naumann, S., Mejia, L.B. & Kawahara, A.Y. 2018. A global checklist of the Bombycoidea (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Biodiversity Data Journal 6: e22236. DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.6.e22236. Reference page.
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Zolotuhin, V.V., 2007: A revision of the genus Mustilia Walker, 1865, with description of new taxa (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae). Neue Entomologische Nachrichten 60: 187–205.
Zolotuhin, V.V. & D. Tran Thieu, 2011: A new species of the Bombycidae (Lepidoptera) for the fauna of Vietnam with erection of a new genus, and remarks on biology of Prismosticta Butler, 1880. Tinea 21 (4): 179–183.
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Zwick, A., Regier, J.C., Mitter, C. & Cummings, M.P. 2011. Increased gene sampling yields robust support for higher-level clades within Bombycoidea (Lepidoptera). Systematic entomology 36(1): 31–43. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.2010.00543.x Reference page.

Vernacular names
беларуская: Сапраўдныя шаўкапрады
日本語: カイコガ科
中文: 蚕蛾科

The Bombycidae are a family of moths. The best-known species is Bombyx mori (Linnaeus) or silkworm, native to northern China and domesticated for millennia. Another well-known species is Bombyx mandarina, also native to Asia.

The family was recently severely restricted, and currently contains only one or two subfamilies, the Bombycinae and Epiinae (previously the tribe Epiini). The former subfamilies Oberthueriinae and Prismostictinae have been placed as subjective junior synonyms of Endromidae. The former subfamilies Apatelodinae and Phiditiinae have been reinstated as separate families.[1][2]

This list is provisional. Ephoria may be a synonym of Epholca (Geometridae: Ennominae: Ourapterygini), and Epia may be one of Hadena (Noctuidae: Hadeninae: Hadenini), and may also be placed within Apatelodidae, along with Tamphana. Some genera were formerly placed in Apatelodinae, such as Anticla and Quentalia.[3]

Anticla Walker, 1855
Quentalia Schaus, 1929


Zwick, Andreas; Regier, Jerome C.; Mitter, Charles; Cummings, Michael P. (2010-09-30). "Increased gene sampling yields robust support for higher-level clades within Bombycoidea (Lepidoptera)". Systematic Entomology. 36: 31–43. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3113.2010.00543.x.
Kitching I, Rougerie R, Zwick A, Hamilton C, St Laurent R, Naumann S, Ballesteros Mejia L, Kawahara A (2018) A global checklist of the Bombycoidea (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Biodiversity Data Journal 6: e22236. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.6.e22236

Hamilton, C.A., St Laurent, R.A., Dexter, K. et al. Phylogenomics resolves major relationships and reveals significant diversification rate shifts in the evolution of silk moths and relatives. BMC Evol Biol 19, 182 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-019-1505-1

Natural History Museum Lepidoptera genus database
List of Bombycidae Types (Museum Witt München).

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