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Emilie Bess and Kevin P. Johnson
Containing group: Troctomorpha


Compsocidae contains two genera, each with one species.  Compsocus elegans is found in Mexico and Panama, and Electrentomopsis variegata  is found in Mexico.


Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Molecular analysis including one species of Compsocus placed family Compsocidae in infraorder Amphientometae (18S nDNA; Johnson et al. 2004), but relationships within the family have not been investigated with molecular data.


Johnson, K. P., K. Yoshizawa, and V. S. Smith. 2004. Multiple origins of parasitism in lice. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 271:1771-1776.

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

Mockford, E.L. 1967. The Electrentomoid Psocids (Psocoptera). Psyche 74: 118-165.

Mockford, E. L. 1993. North American Psocoptera (Insecta). Gainesville, Florida: Sandhill Crane Press.

Smithers, C.N. 1972. The classification and phylogeny of the Psocoptera. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 14: 1–349.

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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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