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Two subfamilies are recognized (Nielsen 1978, Davis 1990, 1998): Eriocottinae, which are mostly Old World from southern Palearctic of Spain and North Africa (Eriocottis, 10 sp., Deuterotinea, 5 sp.) to Australia (Eucryptogona, 1 sp.), with a single genus in South America (Crepidochares, 5 sp.), and Compsocteninae containing a single genus ranging from southern Africa to Taiwan (Compsoctena, ca. 50 sp.).