SUBFAMILY DESMOBATHRINAE Rev.
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This subfamily is revived, as indicated on (see Introduction), to contain those delicately built "oenochromine" genera with elongated, slender appendages that tend to frequent the understorey of the tropical forests where they occur, resting on the undersides of leaves by day, whence they can often be disturbed into flight. There are no unambiguous synapomorphies to unite the two included tribes, the Desmobathrini and Eumeleini: the modification of the tegumen of the male genitalia occurs in a different manner in each; the reduction of cremastral spines from eight to four, set on a disc or semicircular plate, is currently known from only one of the Desmobathrini genera as well as Eumelea, so cannot be considered a general feature of the group. However, each tribe can be defined on much stronger characteristics.

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