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The family-group name was originally published by Wiltshire (1990), but without formal description. It is therefore a nomen nudum (Kühne & Speidel, 2004; Speidel & Naumann, 2005), and is established formally here to comprise the genera listed below and Marcipa Walker, a large African genus reviewed by Pelletier (1978), who also placed a number of species in a new genus, Marcipalina Pelletier. The group as a whole is most diverse in  Africa and much in need of revision, a task beyond the scope of the current study. The genus Anoba Walker includes African taxa such as A. biangulata Walker , where both sexes have facies similar to males of Crithote Walker, and males have scale tufts on the legs reminiscent of that genus, and others such as A. phaeotermesia Hampson where both sexes resemble females of Crithote. The Bornean species of Anoba belong to a group (see below) with forewing facies very close to that of the monobasic genus Tephriopis Hampson. The male eighth segment is of the framed corematous type.

Fibiger (2003) placed Tephriopis Hampson in his concept of the Catocalinae and Anoba and Crithote Walker in his concept of the Calpinae.

The tribe is defined by several features of adult morphology that, taken together, provide a reliable diagnosis for it. The male antennae are usually biserrate or bipectinate. The forewings are triangular, but often with a rather sinuous distal margin running back from a slightly falcate apex. The wing fasciation is irregular but usually involves blocks of black along the costa and at the dorsum, the latter often large and adjoining the antemedial and postmedial. The largest marks in the costal zone tend to be towards the apex. The forewing dorsum often bears scale tufts where the antemedial and postmedial fasciae coincide with it. The male abdomen has an eighth segment of the framed corematous type. The male genitalia have a distinctive valve structure, usually with broad, thickened zones with processes along both costal and saccular margins, usually having only a narrow, more membranous strip in between. The uncus is variously modified, sometimes angled, expanded or with some sort of dorsal peak. The juxta is variously formed, tending to be more plate-like than of the inverted ‘V’ type. The aedeagus vesica usually has several diverticula that may bear one or more moderately sized but relatively slender cornuti. In the female genitalia, the ostium is between the seventh and eighth segments, usually adjacent to the anterior margin of the latter despite distinct reduction in the length of the sternite of the former. The ductus bursae is usually well developed, sclerotised, and the corpus bursae often has extensive areas of spining, though this can be not much more than strong scobination. The lamella antevaginalis can be well developed in
Marcipa (Pelletier, 1978).

The larvae of all three groups represented in  Borneo are known, and all have lost the prolegs on A3 and have those on A4 reduced. All feed on Leguminosae. The pupa of one group was noted (Bell, MS) to have a slight waxy bloom, but not that of the other two.

The genus
Plecoptera Guenée is also tentatively included for reasons given on p. 281.

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