Gelechioidea - Uncovering Gondwana

One of the largest superfamilies of Lepidoptera and a major element of terrestrial ecosystems. It was formerly regarded as an early-diverging ditrysian lineage, together with more primitive superfamilies such as Tineoidea, Gracilliarioidea and Yponomeutoidea. Recent molecular phylogenetic studies of Mutanen, Regier and others indicate the Gelechioidea is rather one of the early-diverging groups within the advanced clade Obectomera (a derived subordinate clade with Apoditrysia with contains superfamilies such as the  Pyraloidea, Noctuoidea and Geometroidea.



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