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Adelidae is a widely distributed family of nearly 300 species that occur on all continents except Antartica and are absent from New  Zealand.Two subfamilies have been proposed (Küppers 1980):  Adelinae (maxillary palpi 2-3-segmented; male valvae without pectinifers);including Adela,Cauchas, and Nemophora.  Nematopogoninae (maxillary palpi usually 4-5-segmented; male valvae usually with pectinifers); including Ceromitia and Nematopogon.

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