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 Major Groups | Insecta (insects) | Trichoptera (caddisflies) | Psychomyiidae


Major Group: Insecta
Order: Trichoptera
Family: Psychomyiidae
Genus: Tinodes
Species: radona

This family is represented in Australia by two species, Tinodes radona Neboiss and Zealandoptila yuccabina Neboiss. Larvae of Zealandoptila yuccabina are unknown.

Descriptive Features:

  • head and pronotum sclerotised
  • meso- and metanotum membranous
  • labium modified to form spinneret, which extends beyond anterior margin of head capsule
  • postmental sclerites discrete
  • fore trochantin broad, hatchet-shaped
  • abdomen without gills
  • abdominal prolegs with basal segment much shorter than distal segment, claws curved, lacking teeth
  • Total length: 7 - 10 mm

    Tinodes radona

    Taxonomic Checklist: Tinodes radona Neboiss
    Zealandoptila yuccabina Neboiss

    Distribution: NE Qld, NT, N WA

    Sensitivity Rating: none

    Functional Feeding Group: predators


    plunge pool of Barramundi Creek, NT

    Ecology: Instream habitat: Tinodes larvae occur in small clean streams or in the splash zone of waterfalls or on cascades. They are found on damp rocks above the water level.
    Feeding ecology: Larvae are possibly predators.
    Habit: Larvae are not case making but construct long silken tubular retreats.
    Life history:


    Information Sources: Cartwright 1998, Dean et al 2004, Neboiss 2003