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This family is endemic to Australia and New Zealand, established by Ross (1967) to accommodate genera originally placed in Sericostomatidae, Beraeidae, or Odontoceridae. As with other new families established in this paper, Ross gave no family diagnosis or indication of included genera. In the same paper, he placed Pycnocentrella eruensis Mosely, originally described in Beraeidae, in his newly created family Pycnocentrellidae, later synonymized with Calocidae by Neboiss (1977). The New Zealand genus Alloecentrella Wise, first described in Beraeidae and at times included in the Helicophidae was formally transferred from Calocidae to Helicophidae by Henderson and Ward (2007); their phylogenetic analysis revealed its close affinity to other helicophid genera. In its present composition, the family now contains 6 genera endemic to Australia (Caenota Mosely, Caloca Mosely, Calocoides Neboiss, Pliocaloca Neboiss, Tamasia Mosely) and 1 endemic to New Zealand (Pycnocentrella), with a total of 19 species.


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