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This family is found in North America, eastern Asia, and southern Europe. It was originally described by Iwata (1927) as a subfamily of Sericostomatidae. The family was revised by Wiggins et al. (1985); several taxonomic and phylogenetic works were published subsequently (Vineyard & Wiggins 1987, 1988, Vineyard et al. 2005, Wiggins & Erman 1987, Wiggins & Wisseman 1992).

The larval diet in Uenoidae is diatoms and fine organic particles scraped from rock surfaces. Generally, larvae are found in cool, fast-flowing headwaters; however, in the genus Neophylax, some species occur in downstream warmer waters. (From Holzenthal et al., 2007)

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