Agathiphaga - especially A. vitiensis - have been very important for our understanding of early Lepidoptera evolution.The Kauri moths seem to be a ‘morphological link’ between Lepidoptera and their closest relatives, the caddis-flies.Many aspects of the Kauri moths’ morphology are primitive including:
- head morphology - especially the mouthparts
- wing venation
- male genitalia
- wing vestiture
- pre-genitalia abdomen
- musculature of the female terminal abdomen
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