First fossil blood sucking Psychodidae in South America: A sycoracine moth fly (Insecta: Diptera) in the middle Miocene Amazonian amber

Julian F. Petrulevičius, André Nel, Dario De Franceschi, C. Goillot, Pierre Olivier Antoine, Rodolfo Salas-Gismondi, John J. Flynn

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Abstract

Sycorax peruensis sp.n. is the first blood sucking fossil Psychodidae in South America. The new species mainly differs from all recent Neotropical Sycoracinae in its number of antennal segments. It is described from the middle Miocene Western Amazonian amber, which included an intertropical entomofauna previous to the land connection with Central and North America that occurred in the latest MiocenePliocene. Insects from this material are diverse with normal bias for amber inclusions of Diptera and Hymenoptera and small-sized specimens.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)87-96
Number of pages10
JournalInsect Systematics and Evolution
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2011

Keywords

  • amber
  • Peru.
  • S. peruensis sp.n.
  • Sycorax

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    Petrulevičius, J. F., Nel, A., De Franceschi, D., Goillot, C., Antoine, P. O., Salas-Gismondi, R., & Flynn, J. J. (2011). First fossil blood sucking Psychodidae in South America: A sycoracine moth fly (Insecta: Diptera) in the middle Miocene Amazonian amber. Insect Systematics and Evolution, 42(1), 87-96. https://doi.org/10.1163/187631211X560919