About the site

This scratchpad, dealing with the leaf- and stemmining moth families Nepticulidae and Opostegidae was started around 2010 by Erik van Nieukerken, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands.

We aim at filling it with all aspects of Nepticulidae and Opostegidae, mainly taxonomy and classification, comprising information on all species, including literature, distribution, descriptions and lots of media. It was initially filled with previously published descriptions of several species, and country distribution maps.

On 31 October 2016 the new classification replaced the previous one, and was at the same time published in a paper (Van Nieukerken 2016) and in the Catalog of Life. At this point we launched version 2.0.

Due to some technical errors from the past, the distribution maps are not correct at this date, we are working on restoring the full maps.

We still need many photos and descriptions and people with material and an interest in these families are invited to contribute with those. Please contact site maintainer Erik van Nieukerken.  We welcome new contributors to the site!

How to cite?

Nieukerken EJ van (ed.) (2016) Nepticulidae and Opostegidae of the world, version 2.0. Scratchpads, biodiversity online. http://nepticuloidea.info/

any page written by another person or the same:

Author P (2016) Acalyptris abcdefg. In: Nieukerken EJ van (ed.) (2016) Nepticulidae and Opostegidae of the world, version 2.0. Scratchpads, biodiversity online. http://nepticuloidea.info/nepticuloidea/acalyptris-abcdefg


Many people helped us getting data in this scratchpad or in many other ways with our research.

Dorien Langeveld added many taxon descriptions initially, Simon Rycroft, Irina Brake, Edward Baker, Dimitris Koureas and Vince Smith of the Scratchpads team were very helpful during the whole project, and Edward especially in the last phase when things weren't going as easy as they should.

Yuri Roskov and Luisa Abucay were instrumental to get the whole taxonomic database imported in the Catalog of Life.

Camiel Doorenweerd and Kees van den Berg supported me continuously, and I am grateful to management of the Research and Education sector of Naturalis, especially Jan van Tol, for allowing me and stimulating me to build this site.

Last update: 3 November 2016

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith