Panorpida or Mecopterida is a proposed superorder of Endopterygota. The conjectured monophyly of the Panorpida is based on morphological, not genomic evidence, namely the reduction or loss of the ovipositor and several internal characteristics, including a muscle connecting a pleura and first axillary sclerite at the base of the wing, various structures of larval maxilla and labium, and basal fusion of CuP and A1 veins in hind wings. The monophyly of the Panorpida is also supported by molecular data.
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