Ren Dong

Ren Dong
Capital Normal University · College of Life Sciences

PhD

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Blood-feeding insects, as vectors of disease for humans and livestock alike, have garnered significant interest [1 • Lehane M.J. The Biology of Blood-Sucking in Insects. Cambridge University Press, New York2005 • Crossref • Scopus (325) • Google Scholar , 2 • Adams T.S. Hematophagy and hormone release.Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 1999; 92: 1-13 • Goo...
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Background The Kalligrammatidae are distinctive, large, conspicuous, lacewings found in Eurasia from the Middle Jurassic to mid Early Cretaceous. Because of incomplete and often inadequate fossil preservation, an absence of detailed morphology, unclear relationships, and unknown evolutionary trends, the Kalligrammatidae are poorly understood. Resu...
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Raphidioptera (snakeflies) is a holometabolous order of the superorder Neuropterida characterized by the narrowly elongate adult prothorax and the long female ovipositor. Mesozoic snakeflies were markedly more diverse than the modern ones are. However, the evolutionary history of Raphidioptera is largely unexplored, as a result of the poorly studie...
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Species of Pseudomantina Sendi et Vršanský, 2021 in the family of Blattulidae Vishniakova, 1982, the peculiar and possibly predatory cockroach genus, have been reported from Upper Jurassic Karatau compression sedimentary fossils site and Barremian Lower Cretaceous Lebanese amber. Pseudomantina baijuyii Liang, Wang, Shih et Ren, sp. n. from Daohugou...
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A new species of the extinct family Orthophlebiidae, Burmorthophlebia macularis sp. nov., has been described from the mid-Cretaceous Kachin, Myanmar, based on two amber specimens with well-preserved mouthparts and unique non-genital abdominal structures. The new species has chewing mouthparts including prolonged clypeus and subgenae, maxillary palp...
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Lichens are well known as pioneer organisms or stress-tolerant extremophiles, potentially playing a core role in the early formation of terrestrial ecosystems. Epiphytic macrolichens are known to contribute to the water- and nutrient cycles in forest ecosystem. But due to the scarcity of fossil record, the evolutionary history of epiphytic macrolic...
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A new genus and two new species Coronidilar yanae gen. et sp. nov. and Cretodilar multinervius sp. nov. (Neuroptera: Dilaridae), were described from Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian) Myanmar amber. They are assigned to this family by the typical male antenna with unipectinate flagellum (Coronidilar yanae sp. nov.), proximal and median nygmata present (b...
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Simple Summary: Magnidactylus Xu, Fang and Jarzembowski (2020) revised and transferred Ri-pipterygidae (Tridactyloidea). Two new species of the genus from north Myanmar amber are described. These new findings increase the diversity of fossil Tridactyloidea and provide new knowledge regarding itsmorphology in mud crickets.Additionally, a key to the...
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One new genus and three new species of Pamphiliidae, Dolicholyda obtusata gen. et sp. nov., Dolicholyda confluens sp. nov., and Dolicholyda angusta sp. nov. are described and illustrated. All of them were collected from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation in Duolun County, Inner Mongolia, China. The new genus is established based on the following...
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One new genus Evacuxyela gen. nov., with two new species, Evacuxyela conflata sp. nov. and Evacuxyela hsiaoae sp. nov., is described and illustrated on the basis of two fossils from the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation of northeastern China. The new genus Evacuxyela gen. nov. is placed in the subfamily Macroxyelinae Ashmead, 1898, tribe Angari...
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Elateridae are a large family with a long evolutionary history, but only four genera and species have been reported hitherto from the mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Herein, we describe Dariuszelater tarnawskii gen. et sp. nov. which has these diagnostic characters: complete supra-antenna carina, prosternal process truncated between procoxae, two dis...
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A new genus with a new species, Aggregataberotha punctata J. Wang, Huang et Y. Wang gen. et sp. nov., and a new species Xiaoberotha dilatapoda J. Wang, Huang et Y. Wang sp. nov. in Berothidae, are described from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Aggregataberotha has distinctive features of venation and female terminalia, which are mostly close to those...
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Fossil hymenopterans incorporating two new species, Nevania deviata sp. nov. and Praeaulacon grossus sp. nov., and one new specimen of Praeaulacus scabratus referred to Praeaulacidae, together with another new species, Proapocritus habitus sp. nov., assigned to Ephialtitidae are described. These taxa were collected from outcrops of the Middle Juras...
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A new species of Pygidicranidae (Dermaptera: Protodermaptera), Stonychopygia laticoncava sp. nov., is described based on specimens of a female and a male from mid-Cretaceous Kachin amber. The new species belongs to the genus Stonychopygia Engel and Huang in Engel et al., 2017 as evidenced by the following characters: femora not compressed, without...
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A new apoid genus with one new species Heterosphex wuni Li, Rosa, Melo and Shih gen. et sp. nov. is described in Cirrosphecidae based on a male wasp from mid-Cretaceous Myanmar (Burmese) amber. The new taxon is placed in Cirrosphecidae due to its swollen, ring-like metanotum with anterior margin surrounding the scutellum; omaular sulcus and omaular...
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Although scales are a defining and conspicuous feature of moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera), ¹ • Kristensen N.P. Studies on the morphology and systematics of primitive Lepidoptera (Insecta). Steenstrupia. 1984; 10: 141-191 • Google Scholar , ² • Grodnitsky D.L. • Kozlov M.V. Evolution of wings and their scale covering in butterflies and mot...
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Varicapitatus sinuolatus gen. et sp. nov. is described from the Yixian Formation of Northeastern China. Based on the new specimens, this study discusses the morphological characteristics and taxonomic position of Pachymeridiidae: Pachymeridiidae belongs to Pentatomomorpha and is more closely related to Lygaeoidea. In Heteroptera, the costal fractur...
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EDITORIAL Positioning taxonomic research for the future Why do taxonomists matter? The work of taxonomists is often understated if not completely misunderstood. Without taxonomists, organisms cannot be accurately identified, neither can these organisms be given universally accepted names, and reliably positioned in the phylogenetic tree of life. Th...
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Four new laniatorean harvestmen specimens (Arachnida: Opiliones: Laniatores) are described from the mid-Cretaceous (upper Albian–lower Cenomanian) Burmese amber of Northern Myanmar. One is placed as Insidiatores indet., but is not formally named as it is probably immature. Burmalomanius circularis n. gen. n. sp. and Petroburma tarsomeria n. gen. n....
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This study describes a new genus Simplicivenius gen. nov. of Reduviinae with two new species, Simplicivenius tuberculosus sp. nov. and Simplicivenius rectidorsius sp. nov. from the Yixian Formation in northeastern China. The diagnosis of the genus includes the width of the scutellum about 2/3 of the width of the pronotum and the absence of longitud...
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Two new species of Itaphlebia Sukatsheva, 1985, I. procera sp. nov. and I. elegana sp. nov. , are described and illustrated from the latest Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation of Daohugou, Inner Mongolia, China. Based on fossil specimens with wings, these new species are established and assigned to Itaphlebia by a combination of three forewing ch...
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Two new genera of velvety shore bugs, Arcochterus Zhang, Ren and Yao gen. nov. and Parvochterus Zhang, Ren and Yao gen. nov. are described, with three new species between them—Arcochterus fuscus Zhang, Ren and Yao sp. nov., Parvochterus reticulatus Ren and Yao sp. nov., and P. lanceolarus Zhang, Ren and Yao sp. nov. Based on the combination of foss...
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Two species of psocids discovered from the Mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, Latempheria kachinensis Li, Yoshizawa, and Yao, gen. et sp. nov. and Burmempheria curvatavena Li, Yoshizawa, and Yao, sp. nov., are described and assigned to the Empheriidae (Trogiomorpha: Atropetae) family. A phylogenetic analysis of the infraorder Atropetae is conducted base...
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Prophalangopsidae was a diverse family during the Late Mesozoic, but the variation and sexual dimorphism in their forewing morphologies are rarely discussed. Based on 43 specimens – of both sexes – from eight species, an investigation into wing venation variation among/within species of Prophalangopsidae was performed using geometric morphometrics...
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The extant kempynines, a strict “southern group,” are confined to South America and Australia, while their most fossil relatives are abundantly recorded in the Northern Hemisphere. This pattern of the biogeographic distribution implies the complicated evolutionary scenario of Kempyninae. Herein, a new northern species Arbusella platyptera Ma et Wan...
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We describe two new species of Lophocoronidae: Acanthocorona hedida Zhang, Shih and Engel sp. n. and Acanthocorona venulosa Zhang, Shih and Engel sp. n., and an undetermined specimen from mid‐Cretaceous Kachin amber. Phylogenetic analysis of basal lepidopteran lineages, including three extinct families, was undertaken. The analysis supported monoph...
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Three new species, Brachyoxyela conjunctiva sp. nov., Brachyoxyela leei sp. nov. and Brachyoxyela elliptica sp. nov., in the tribe Macroxyelini, subfamily Macroxyelinae of the family Xyelidae, are described and illustrated. All type specimens were collected from the Lower Cretaceous (Barremian–Aptian) Yixian Formation. Brachyoxyela conjunctiva sp....
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Burrowing bugs are distinctive, beetle-like insects of the pentatomoid family Cydnidae, noteworthy for their morphological specializations for digging and a hemiedaphic life history. However, less is known about their biological significance and the early origin of soil dwelling. Direct fossil evidence illuminating the evolutionary history of soil...
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589 Zootaxa 5128 (4): 589-596 https://www.mapress.com/zt/ Abstract Two new species attributed to the genus Panorpidium Westwood, 1854 are described from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation of Beipiao county, Liaoning province, China: Panorpidium acusicaudum sp. nov., P. validum sp. nov. The new species differs from all other known Panorpidium spe...
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One new genus and species, Leptoxyela eximia gen. et sp. nov., and one new species, Scleroxyela cephalota sp. nov., are described and illustrated based on two well-preserved compression fossils from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation and the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation of China, respectively. Leptoxyela eximia gen. et sp. nov. is place...
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Fossils shed light on mating strategies in scorpionflies.
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The data presented in this article are related to the research article titled “Arthropod and fungal herbivory at the dawn of angiosperm diversification: The Rose Creek plant assemblage of Nebraska, U.S.A.” (Xiao et al. 2021) [1]. These data correspond to an examination of arthropod and fungal herbivory on 2084 plant specimens from the Early Cretace...
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Two new wood soldier flies, Clemoxyla aculeolata gen. et sp. nov. and Archeoxyla gigantea gen. et sp. nov., are described from mid-Cretaceous Myanmar (Burmese) amber. Clemoxyla gen. nov. is most characteristic of the broadened cell d and presence of short M1+2 stem after the cell d. The apical palpus of Archeoxyla gen. nov. is obviously expanded th...
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A new genus and species of fossil wood wasp is described and figured from mid-Cretaceous Kachin amber, representing the first occurrence of the family Xiphydriidae in the fossil record. Paraxiphydria resinata gen. et sp. nov. exhibits typical apomorphies of the family including a generally cylindrical body, elongate neck and dome-shaped head. Nonet...
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A new genus and species of parasitoid wasp is described from Burmese amber: Prototeleia kleio gen. nov. , sp. nov. (Platygastroidea, Platygastridae). Prototeleia kleio exhibits multiple characters that we consider to be plesiomorphic for Platygastridae. These characters are analyzed and discussed in the context of extant and fossil taxa.
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Lichens are well known as pioneer organisms or stress-tolerant extremophiles playing a core role in the early formation of terrestrial ecosystems, of which epiphytic lichens make a distinct contribution to the water-cycle and nutrient cycling in forest ecosystem. But due to the scarcity of relevant fossil records, the evolutionary history of epiphy...
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The Early Cretaceous terrestrial revolution involved global shifts from gymnosperm to angiosperm dominated floras. However, responses of insect herbivores to these changes remain unexamined. We evaluated 2176 highly sampled plant specimens representing 62 species/morphotypes from the 126 Ma Dawangzhangzi plant assemblage of Northeastern China. Our...
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Cantharidae is a diverse group of soft-bodied beetles and frequently occurs in the Mid-Cretaceous (c. 99 Mya) amber of Myanmar. In the present paper, three new soldier beetles, Cretocantharis veda gen. & sp. nov., Palaeocantharispanna gen. & sp. nov. and Hukawngichthyurus maha sp. nov. are reported. A phylogenetic reconstruction of Cantharidae, inc...
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Background Sexual dimorphism is widespread in insects. The certain specialized structures may be used as weapons in male–male combats or as ornaments to enhance mating opportunities. Results We report striking swollen first tarsal segments in two families, four genera and six species of scorpionflies from the Middle Jurassic Yanliao Biota of North...
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A new species Burmusculus angustus sp. nov. in Burmusculidae is described and a new material of Myanmarina jeannineae Li, Shih, Rasnitsyn & Ren, 2018 in Myanmarinidae is reported, both specimens from the mid-Cretaceous amber of northern Myanmar. The key to all species of Burmusculus and more detailed comparison among species of Myanmarina and Burmu...
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A new genus with a new species, Cretaidgia burmensis Zhao, Liu & Yu gen. et sp. nov., is assigned to Prionoceridae. This new species is distinguished from all known prionocerids based on its strongly serrated antenna from antennomere 3, scape widest, last segment cylindrical not emarginated in lateral edges, and the protarsal comb absent. This is t...
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Two new species of Vespidae, Alivespa gracilenta sp. nov. and Archaeovespa incompleta sp. nov. are described from mid-Cretaceous amber of Myanmar based on two well-preserved specimens. Alivespa gracilenta sp. nov., attributed to the extinct subfamily of Priorvespinae, shares the typical combination of diagnostic features of Priorvespinae, such as f...
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A new genus and species of the cleroid family Lophocateridae are described and illustrated from the mid-Cretaceous amber of northern Myanmar. Gracilenticrus burmiticus Yu, Kolibáč & Ślipiński gen. et sp. nov. is unique among Lophocateridae in the tiny body size, frontoclypeal suture and antennal grooves absent, symmetrical antennal clubs, protrocha...
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A high portion of the earliest known insect fauna is composed of the so-called ‘lobeattid insects’, whose systematic affinities and role as foliage feeders remain debated. We investigated hundreds of samples of a new lobeattid species from the Xiaheyan locality using a combination of photographic techniques, including reflectance transforming imagi...
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A new genus with a new species, Fuscopolystoechotes reticulatus Xu, Zheng, Shih & Wang, gen. et sp. nov., and a new species Lichenipolystoechotes fenestratus Xu, Fang, Shih & Wang, sp. nov. of Ithonidae, are described from the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation, Inner Mongolia, China. Both new species are assigned to Polystoechotes genus-group m...
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A new genus and species of fossil Vetanthocoridae, Pubivetanthocoris carinalis Tang, Wang and Yao, gen. et sp. nov., is described and illustrated herein from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, which represents the first record of fossil vetanthocorids from Myanmar. The condition of the antennae and pronotum can distinguish P. carinalis Tang, Wang and Ya...
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Quantitative studies rarely address arthropod herbivory on early angiosperms. We assessed arthropod herbivory from highly sampled, abundant, diverse, and well preserved Early Cretaceous (late Albian) Rose Creek plant assemblage of southeastern Nebraska, USA. We examined 2084 specimens representing 49 species/morphotypes of which 21 are angiosperms...
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Two new species of wood wasps (Anaxyelidae), Orthosyntexis elegans gen. et sp. nov. and Orthosyntexis thanti sp. nov. , are described from mid-Cretaceous Kachin amber. Orthosyntexis gen. nov. exhibits characters and character combinations unique to the family, such as the combination of two mesotibial spurs, a length ratio of forewing 1Rs to 1M<1,...
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Three new species, Exilaulacus advenus sp. nov., Exilaulacus eximius sp. nov. and Electrofoenops exaltatus sp. nov. in two genera of Aulacidae, are described and figured based on three well-preserved specimens from the mid-Cretaceous Myanmar (Burmese) amber. Forewings of four described fossil species of Aulacidae and the three new species are studi...
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A new genus of eodermapteran earwigs, Aglyptoderma gen. nov., is described from the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation of Inner Mongolia, China. It comprises two new species—Aglyptoderma elongatum gen. et sp. nov. and Aglyptoderma cylindratum gen. et sp. nov. The genus belongs to the family Semenoviolidae, hitherto known only from the Late Juras...
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A new species of fossil cockroach, Fragosublatta pectinata gen. et sp. nov. , is described from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. The new species is assigned to the family Corydiidae based on the following combination of characters: pronotum with tubercles, tegmina obovate with smallish anal region and spinules on the antero-ventral margin of the front...
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Maternal care benefits the survival and fitness of offspring, often at a cost to the mother's future reproduction, and has evolved repeatedly throughout the animal kingdom. In extant spider species, this behaviour is very common and has different levels and diverse forms. However, evidence of maternal care in fossil spiders is quite rare. In this s...
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A new species of the genus Hybristodryinus Engel, 2005, Hybristodryinus viriosus sp. nov., is described from the mid-Cretaceous Myanmar (Burmese) amber based on a well-preserved female specimen. The keys to fossil species of Hybristodryinus is modified. The new species is most similar to Hybristodryinus mon Perkovsky, Olmi, Müller and Martynova, 20...
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A new extinct insect group, Magicivena gen. nov. in Magicivenidae fam. nov., with M. sticta sp. nov. (type species), M. elegans sp. nov., M. antennalis sp. nov. and M. sp., is reported as Insecta incertae ordinis based on four specimens from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation of north‐eastern China. Magicivenidae are characterized by special ant...
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A new genus and two new species of Embioptera are described from the upper Cretaceous of Burmese amber: Gnethoda odontophora sp. nov. is classified into Clothodidae Gnethoda due to its similar body characters and venation, but distinguished by the number of incisive teeth on left mandible and bladders on metabasitarsus from other species; Multivena...
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A new genus and species, Multistria orthotropa gen. et sp. nov. , and a new species, Dachibangus hui sp. nov. , of Mimarachnidae are described from the mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. These new taxa display unique wing color patterns and extend the Mesozoic diversity of Mimarachnidae. The evolution of wing venation, phylogenetic placement of Mimarach...
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Insect fluid–feeding on fossil vascular plants is an inconspicuous and underappreciated mode of herbivory that can provide novel data on the evolution of deep‐time ecological associations and indicate the host‐plant preferences of ancient insect herbivores. Previous fossil studies have documented piercing‐and‐sucking herbivory but often are unable...
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Lichens are well known as pioneer organisms colonizing bare surfaces such as rocks and therefore have been hypothesized to play a role in the early formation of terrestrial ecosystems. Given the rarity of fossil evidence, our understanding of the evolutionary history of lichen-forming fungi is primarily based on molecular dating approaches. These s...
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A new species of Mimarachnidae, Cretodorus rostellatus sp. nov. with well-preserved male genitalia is described from the Upper Cretaceous (lowermost Cenomanian) Burmese amber. Diagnostic features of the genus Cretodorus are reviewed. The paedomorphic nature of this family are discussed, including sensory pits, median carinae, tarsal segment.
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A new genus, Longiglabellus Wang, Li & Yao gen. nov. with two new species, L. edentatus Wang, Li & Yao gen. et sp. nov. and L. pedhyalinus Wang, Li & Yao gen. et sp. nov. are assigned to the †Cormopsocidae (Trogiomorpha). Based on female ovipositor characteristics, ventral and dorsal valves well developed may be autapomorphy in Cormopsocidae. The s...
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Two queen ant specimens, one alate and one dealate, from mid-Cretaceous (Late Albian–Early Cenomanian) Burmese amber are herein reported as belonging Haidomyrmex cerberus Dlussky, 1996. This is the first discovery and documentation of an alate queen in Haidomyrmex . Compared with workers of Haidomyrmex cerberus , alate and dealate queens are larger...
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The diagnosis of the genus Eoiocossus is emended based on new material of Eoiocossus conchatus comb. nov. from an outcrop of the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation at Daohugou Village in Ningcheng County, Inner Mongolia, China. This new material, with its complete fore- and hind wing, provides previously unknown hind wing characters for the genu...
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Florivory (flower consumption) occurs worldwide in modern angiosperms, associated with pollen and nectar consumption. However, florivory remains unrecorded from fossil flowers since their Early Cretaceous appearance. We test hypotheses that earliest angiosperms were pollinated by a diverse insect fauna by evaluating 7858 plants from eight localitie...
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Lobeattid insects represented a high portion of the earliest known, Pennsylvanian insect faunas. However, their systematic affinities and their role as foliage feeders which severely influenced their ecosystems remain debated. We investigated hundreds of samples of a new lobeattid species from the Xiaheyan locality using Reflectance Transforming Im...
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Two new species of caddisflies, Wormaldia diplobifurca sp. nov. and Wormaldia denticulata sp. nov. in Philopotamidae, are described based on two well-preserved specimens from mid-Cretaceous amber of Myanmar. Haustellum of Wormaldia denticulata sp. nov. bearing granules with tubercles on its surface indicates that this type of haustellum was develop...
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s A new genus and species of Tettigarctidae, Burmaprosbole nervosa gen. et sp. nov., with well-preserved wings is described from the mid-Cretaceous Myanmar amber. It can be distinguished from the other genera by its tegmen M with six branches, M3+4+5+6 strongly arched after nodal line, basal of M and CuA connecting by a relatively long cross vein,...