Miscera Walker, 1863,

Kallies, Axel, 2013, New and little known Brachodidae from tropical Asia and Papua New Guinea (Lepidoptera, Cossoidea), Zootaxa 3641 (3), pp. 241-259: 249

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Miscera Walker, 1863


Miscera Walker, 1863 

Type species: Miscera resumptana Walker, 1863  , by monotypy.

Miscera  was described from Australia, and in its current composition it is paraphyletic. The larvae of the type species, Miscera resumptana  , are presumed to feed in the roots of grasses ( Poaceae  ) or sedges ( Cyperaceae  ), similar to most Australian species of this genus (unpublished). Another small group of species, related to the Australian Miscera basichrysa  (Lower, 1916), however, feeds in the fruits of palms of the genus Calamus  ( Arecaceae  ). These species differ considerably from the remaining species of Miscera  and represent an unnamed genus. Species of the Calamus  -feeding group are found in tropical Australia, Papua New Guinea, northeastern India (Kallies, 1998), and Sulawesi Island (described below), suggesting a wide distribution in Southeast Asia. As the Australian Brachodidae  are the subject of a separate study based on extensive material, I refrain from describing the new genus herein.