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Gelechioidea Agonoxenidae (borers, miners, webbers) 95 approximate described species Agonoxeninae
This family, closely associated with Elachistidae, is distinguished by the lateral condyles on abdominal segments 5/6 and 6/7 puparia. Character serves as a polymorphy in Elachistinae and the ventral surface of A9 often has two submesal areas of recurved setae. Macro morphological characters for gelechioids are all symplesiomophies, however, there are synapomorphic micro morphological characters, includinggenitaliaand pupal characters, for further delimitation. These techniques are not always viable, nor are the puparia always available, and in these instances it is preferable to identify straight to species.
Head smooth scaled; exaggerated oblique frons; flattened labial palpi; absent antennal pecten; long piliform scales present on mid and hind tibia; forewing discal cell closed; R5 and M1 stalked with R5 terminating at costa, absent M3, M2 stalked or connate, CuP present; CuP and A in hind wing are small or absent, row of stout and recurved setae on anterior margin of hind wing (may appear as extension of Sc); ♂ uncus and socii absent, gnathos slender arms with a medial spined (rows of short spines) knob, valvae with hair-pencil on outer surface; short and curved aedeagus, cornuti absent; ♀ papillae anales large with short apophyses, the signum are a pair of dentate plates on an oval shaped corpus bursae (Common 1990, Kristensen 1999).
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