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Containing group: Brevitentoria


This small family contains only 4 genera, 2 in southern Chile and 2 in southeast Australia and Tasmania, for a total of 9 species. The Chilean fauna is composed of 2 species, each in a monotypic genus, Charadropsyche penicillata Flint and Trichovespula macrocera Schmid. Tasimia Mosely contains 5 species from southeastern Australia and Tasmania, while Tasiagma Neboiss has 1 species in Australia and Tasmania and 1 on Lord Howe Island, lying between Australia and New Zealand. The family was established by Riek (1968) for the genus Tasimia, originally described in the Sericostomatidae; Trichovespula was first included in Lepidostomatidae, and later transferred to Tasimiidae by Flint (1969). Larvae all seem to build narrow to broad, flattened, tubular cases of sand grains with anterior and lateral flanges of larger mineral fragments (Flint 1967, 1999). They live in small, shallow streams where they cling to the faces of rocks. They probably feed on periphyton and organic sediments growing or adhering to the rock surfaces. (From Holzenthal et al., 2007)


Flint, O.S., Jr. (1967) Trichoptera collected by Prof. J. Illies in the Chilean subregion. Beiträge zur Neotropischen Fauna, 5, 45–68.

Flint, O.S., Jr. (1969) Studies of Neotropical caddis flies, IX: new genera and species from the Chilean subregion. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 71, 497–514.

Flint, O.S., Jr. (1999) The Chilean genus Charadropsyche, with the description of its immature stages (Trichoptera: Tasimiidae) (Studies of neotropical caddisflies, LVII). In: Malicky, H. & Chantaramongkol, P. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Trichoptera. Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, pp. 99–105.

Holzenthal R.W., Blahnik, R.J., Prather, A.L., and Kjer K.M. 2007. Order Trichoptera Kirby 1813 (Insecta), Caddisflies. In: Zhang, Z.-Q., and Shear, W.A. (Eds). 2007 Linneaus Tercentenary: Progress in Invertebrate Taxonomy. Zootaxa. 1668:639–698.

Riek, E.F. (1968) A new family of caddis-flies from Australia (Trichoptera: Tasimiidae). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society, 7, 109–114.

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Scientific Name Trichovespula macrocera
Location Chile
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Life Cycle Stage Adult
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Collection UMSP
Source Collection Barcode of Life Database (BOLD)
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Ralph W. Holzenthal
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Roger J. Blahnik
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Aysha Prather
Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Karl Kjer
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Correspondence regarding this page should be directed to Ralph W. Holzenthal at , Roger J. Blahnik at , Aysha Prather at , and Karl Kjer at

Page: Tree of Life Tasmiidae. Authored by Ralph W. Holzenthal, Roger J. Blahnik, Aysha Prather, and Karl Kjer. The TEXT of this page is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License - Version 3.0. Note that images and other media featured on this page are each governed by their own license, and they may or may not be available for reuse. Click on an image or a media link to access the media data window, which provides the relevant licensing information. For the general terms and conditions of ToL material reuse and redistribution, please see the Tree of Life Copyright Policies.

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Holzenthal, Ralph W., Roger J. Blahnik, Aysha Prather, and Karl Kjer. 2010. Tasmiidae. Version 20 July 2010 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Tasmiidae/14577/2010.07.20 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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