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Karl Kjer
Containing group: Sericostomatoidea


The family is endemic to eastern Australia and still contains a single species, Antipodoecia turneri Mosely. The species was originally described in the Sericostomatidae, but Ross (1967) established a new family, Antipodoeciidae, to accommodate it in his attempt to rectify the then polyphyletic composition of the Sericostomatidae, sensu lato. From Holzenthal et al. (2007).


Antipodoecia turneri is a small insect with a forewing length of only 3.5 mm; nothing of substance has been published on its biology. The larvae build slightly curved and tapered, cylindrical cases of sand grains.  From Holzenthal et al. (2007).

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Antipodoeciidae is the only family in Trichoptera that is not yet included in a molecular phylogenetic analysis of family relationships.  de Moor (in Scott 1993) placed the family within the Sericostomatoidea.


Holzenthal R.W., Blahnik, R.J., Prather, A.L., and Kjer K.M. 2007. Order Trichoptera Kirby 1813 (Insecta), Caddisflies. In: Zhang, Z.-Q., and Shear, W.A. (Eds). 2007 Linneaus Tercentenary: Progress in Invertebrate Taxonomy. Zootaxa. 58 pp. 1668:639-698

Ross, H.H. (1967) The evolution and past dispersal of the Trichoptera. Annual Review of Entomology, 12, 169206.

Scott, K.M.F. (1993) Three recently erected Trichoptera families from South Africa, the Hydrosalpingidae, Petrothrincidae and Barbarochthonidae (Integripalpia: Sericostomatidae) [with a contribution by F.C. de Moor]. Annals of the Cape Provincial Museums (Natural History), 18, 293354.

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Karl Kjer
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