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Phylogeny – Sematuridae, Pseudobistonidae, Epicopeiidae

Phylogeny - Sematuridae, Pseudobistonidae, Epicopeiidae

Using museum specimens for genomic analysis—an emerging technique called “museomics”—researchers at Lund University in Sweden and the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Germany developed this phylogeny for the moth families Pseudobistonidae (P), Sematuridae (S) and Epicopeiidae (E). As shown, Pseudobistonidae and Sematuridae diverged from one another, and Epicopeiidae later branched off from Pseudobistonidae. Within Epicopeiidae, the largest of the three families, the analysis suggests that previously held phylogenies of species in the genera Nossa and Epicopeia may require retooling and possibly the addition of a new genus. (Adapted from image originally published in Call et al 2021, Insect Systematics and Diversity)

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