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"Hyalospila" redirects here. For the snout moth genus invalidly described by Ragonot in 1888, see Zonula (moth). For the geometer moth genus invalidly described by Warren in 1894, see Locha.

Monopis is a genus of the fungus moth family, Tineidae. Therein, it belongs to the nominate subfamily, Tineinae.[1]

Monopis obviella.mounted.jpg
Adult specimen of Monopis obviella
Note translucent spot in forewing
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tineidae
Subfamily: Tineinae
Genus: Monopis
Hübner, 1825
Type species
Tinea rusticella
Hübner, 1796

Numerous, see text


Numerous, see text

A typical feature of these moths is a semi-transparent pale spot near the middle of the forewings. There usually are contrasting white markings adjacent to it. Otherwise, the forewings are generally unpatterned and brown to blackish-grey in color.

Selected speciesEdit

Species currently placed in Monopis include:[2]

M. christophi is either a junior synonym of M. pallidella or the senior synonym of M. straminella. Also placed here by some authors is Reisserita barbarosi.[3]


Junior synonyms of Monopis are:[4]

  • Blabophanes Zeller, 1852
  • Eusynopa Lower, 1903
  • Hyalospila Herrich-Schäffer, 1853
  • Rhitia Walker, 1864


  1. ^ Pitkin & Jenkins (2004), FE (2009), and see references in Savela (2003)
  2. ^ ABRS (2008), FE (2009), Robinson [2010], and see references in Savela (2003)
  3. ^ FE (2009), Robinson [2010]
  4. ^ ABRS (2008), Pitkin & Jenkins (2004)