Myoglossata is a clade within suborder Glossata within order Lepidoptera, the butterflies and moths. It contains the family Neopseustidae and the clade Neolepidoptera.[1] Myoglossata is considered a clade, that is, a group of organisms made up of a single common ancestor and all of its descendants. They are distinguished by "intrinsic mouthparts".[2] These added intrinsic galeal muscles are unique to the Myoglossata and developed after the galeae changed to form sucking parts.[3]

Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Clade: Coelolepida
Clade: Myoglossata


  1. ^ "Clade: Myoglossata Kristensen & Nielsen, 1981 (moth)", The Taxonomicon, retrieved 2016-12-19
  2. ^ Dugdale, J. S. 1988. Lepidoptera - annotated catalogue and keys to family group taxa. Fauna of New Zealand 14, 264 pages. Published 23 Sep 1988. Online. October 6, 2007.
  3. ^ Krenn, H. W., Kristensen, N. P. 2007. Evolution of proboscis musculature in Lepidoptera. European Journal of Entomology, 2004 (Vol. 101) (No. 4) 565-575.