Tortricoidea - Uncovering Gondwana

The Tortricoidea, currently thought to comprise the single family Tortricidae, constitute one of the largest superfamilies of Lepidoptera, second only to Gelechioidea among the non-Obtectomera. There are nearly 10,000 described species. The five earliest-branching tortricoid lineages are all species-poor tribes with mainly souther/tropical distributions consistent with a hypothesised Gondwanan origin for the superfamily.

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