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Lepismatoidae (order Thysanura, suborder Zygentoma) Superfamily whose members resemble the Pterygota more closely than those of the other thysanuran superfamily, the Machiloidea. Pterygota and Lepismatoidea have two mandibular articulations, a gonangulum, and other morphological similarities. Lepismodes inquilinus (firebrat) occurs as a pest in human habitations. The superfamily occurs throughout the world.