The Neotropical caddisfly genus Canoptila (Trichoptera: Glossosomatidae)

Desiree R. Robertson, Ralph W. Holzenthal

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The caddisfly genus Canoptila Mosely (Glossosomatidae: Protoptilinae), endemic to southeastern Brazil, is diagnosed and discussed in the context of other protoptiline genera, and a brief summary of its taxonomic history is provided. A new species, Canoptila williami, is described and illustrated, including a female, the first known for the genus. Additionally, the type species, Canoptila bifida Mosely, is redescribed and illustrated. There are three possible synapomorphies supporting the monophyly of Canoptila: 1) the presence of long spine-like posterolateral processes on tergum X; 2) the highly membranous digitate parameres on the endotheca; and 3) the unique combination of both forewing and hind wing venational characters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-59
Number of pages15
Issue number1272
StatePublished - Jul 27 2006


  • Atlantic Forest
  • Caddisfly
  • Canoptila
  • Female genitalia
  • Glossosomatidae
  • Male genitalia
  • Neotropics
  • New species
  • Protoptilinae
  • Southeastern Brazil
  • Trichoptera


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