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This is a small family of large and rather remarkable caddisflies, some very brightly colored, whose larvae are found in elongate tubular nets attached to rocks in the strong currents of relatively pristine rivers. The family name was established by Martynov (1926), who included the 3 genera now recognized: Stenopsyche McLachlan (ca. 80 species, widespread in the eastern Palaearctic and Oriental regions, but with 1 Afrotropical species), Stenopspychodes Ulmer (9 species from Australia), and Pseudostenopsyche Döhler (3 species from southern Chile). The family was subsequently revised by Schmid (1969). (From Holzenthal et al. 2007a)

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