NotodontidaeJames S. Miller and Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Synapomorphies supporting the monophyly of Notodontidae include the following (Miller 1991):
- sclerotized apices of tibial spurs with margins serrate;
- metascutal bulla present, teardrop-shaped;
- forewing vein R2 stalked with R3-5, no accessory cell present;
- pleuron of female abdominal segment 8 paritally membranous;
- female abdomen with ventral invaginated glandular region present on membrane between papillae anales and ostium;
- males with a terminal tuft of long, hairlike scales, scale apices simple or serrate;
- mandibular cutting edge smooth;
- body evenly covered with secondary setae, large setae or sometimes verrucae present at primary setal locations;
- MD setae bisetose on abdominal segment 1;
- seta X located in E area near anterolateral corner of anal shield (or a verruca in that position);
- crochets uniordinal
Discussion of Phylogenetic RelationshipsThe hypothesis of relationships is based on the cladistic analysis of morphology of adult and immature stages by Miller (1991). Some Old World taxa, such as Acrocteninae, Ceirinae, Desmeocraerinae and Hylaeorinae were not addressed in that wirk (Kitching & Rawlins 1999), and are not included in this tree.
Kitching IJ. & Rawlins JE. 1999. the Noctuoidea. In: NP Kristensen, ed. Lepidoptera, moths and butterflies. 1. Evolution, systematics and biogeography. Handbook of Zoology 4(35), Lepidoptera. de Gruyter, Berlin, Pp. 355-401.
Miller, JS. 1991. Cladistics and classification of the Notodontidae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea) based on larval and adult morphology. Bulletin of the AMNH 204: 1-230.
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