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Ross (1967) established the subfamily Conoesucinae within the Sericostomatidae for Australasian genera with “atrophied” scutal warts, but he did not name the included genera or offer any other diagnosis. Later, Neboiss (1977) elevated the subfamily to family status, provided a detailed diagnosis, and included 6 Australasian genera in the family, all formerly included in the Sericostomatidae. Additional sericostomatid genera have been transferred to Conoesucidae such that the family now contains a dozen genera and ca. 40 species, endemic to either southeastern Australia and Tasmania (Coenoria Mosely, Conoesucus Mosely, Costora Mosely, Hampa Mosely, Lingora Mosely, Matasia Mosely) or New Zealand (Beraeoptera Mosely, Confluens Wise, Olinga McLachlan, Periwinkla McFarlane, Pycnocentria McLachlan, Pycnocentrodes Tillyard). (From Holzenthal et al., 2007a)

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