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Emilie Bess and Kevin P. Johnson
Containing group: Epipsocetae


Dolabellopsocidae contains three genera and 37 species.  Dolabellopsocus and Isthmopsocus are distributed in Central and South America. Aurorpsocus is found in China.



General Characters

How to Know the Family

Family Monophyly

Monophyly of the family Dolabellopsocidae is supported by these morphological characters: pulvillus of pretarsal claw curved and broad, forewing pterostigma very narrow (length is seven times its width), and male clunium with ornamentations on the posterior median border (Casasola-Gonzalez 2006, Yoshizawa 2002).

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Dolabellopsocidae has not yet been included in molecular analyses.


Casasola Gonzalez, J. A. C. & A. N. Garcia Aldrete. 2002. A taxonomic revision of genus Goja (Psocoptera: Epipsocidae). UNAM Press, Mexico City.

Lienhard, C. and C. N Smithers. 2002. Psocoptera (Insecta) World Catalogue and Bibliography. Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland.

Yoshizawa, K. 2002. Phylogeny and higher classification of suborder Psocomorpha (Insecta: Psocodea:'Psocoptera'). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 136: 371-400.

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Emilie Bess
Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, Illinois, USA

Kevin P. Johnson
Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, Illinois, USA

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Bess, Emilie and Kevin P. Johnson. 2009. Dolabellapsocidae. Version 25 March 2009 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Dolabellapsocidae/14465/2009.03.25 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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