DioptiniJames S. Miller and Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Although the tribe is clearly monophyletic based upon the structure of the thoracic tympanal organ and other structures, Miller (2009) was unable to discover any uniquely derived and unreversed synapomorphy uniting the Dioptini. He notes two features shared by several genera within the tribe: long, sickle-shaped labial palpae, and the presence of male forewing stridulatory organs. However, both of these features are scattered among diverse genera. He suggests the presence of curled or curved setae on the abdominal venter of the pupa as a potential synapomorphy for the tribe, but immature stages are known for so few taxa that this remains a speculation.
Miller, JS. 2009. Generic revision of the Dioptinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Notodontidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 321, 1-971 + 48 plates.
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Miller, James S. and Andrew V. Z. Brower. 2010. Dioptini http://tolweb.org/Dioptini/138593/2010.07.21 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Version 21 July 2010 (under construction).