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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Infraorder: Aculeata
Superfamily: Thynnoidea

Thynnoidea is a superfamily of hymenopterans in the order Hymenoptera. There are at least 2 families and about 10 described species in Thynnoidea. [1]


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These two families belong to the superfamily Thynnoidea:

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  1. "Thynnoidea Superfamily Information". Retrieved 2018-04-05.

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