Mania (genus)

Mania sp., Ex coll. Felix Stumpe
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Geometroidea
Family: Sematuridae
Genus: Mania
Hübner, 1821
  • Nothus Billberg, 1820 [Junior homonym of Nothus Ziegler in Oliver, 1811]
  • Sematura Dalman, 1825
  • Manidia Westwood, 1879 [Unnecessary replacement name]

The genus Mania comprises a group of tropical and semi-tropical New World moths in the family Sematuridae. The genus has historically been referred to as either Nothus or Sematura, but both of these names are invalid (see below).


The name Nothus is preoccupied by a genus of Coleoptera[1](Minet and Scoble, 1999). The genus name Sematura was also commonly in use for this genus, but it was younger (being published in 1825) than Hübner's name Mania from 1821; a petition to conserve the junior name was rejected by the ICZN in Opinion 2352 (2015), so Hübner's name is officially now the valid name for the genus.



The larvae of Mania lunus were reared in Costa Rica in 2001 and are a bit similar to those of Coronidia, being well camouflaged but bearing small projections rather than long spines one the dorsal surface.[2] Host plants recorded were Pentaclethra macroloba (Fabaceae) and Syzygium longifolium (Myrtaceae).[3]


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