A new chironomid (Insecta: Diptera) from Wealden amber (Lower Cretaceous) of the Isle of Wight (UK)


  • D. AZAR Lebanese University, Faculty of Sciences II, Department of Biology, Fanar Matn P. O. box 26110217, LEBANON.
  • A. NEL CNRS UMR 5202, Muséum National d’Histoire NaturelleCP 50, Entomologie, 45 Rue Buffon, F–75005 Paris, FRANCE.
  • E. A. JARZEMBOWSK Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, St Faith’s St, MaidstoneKent, ME14 1LH and SHES, The University, Reading, UK.




Insecta, Diptera, Chironomidae, Barremian, United Kingdom


The first insect from the Wealden amber of the Isle of Wight (early Barremian) is formally described. Dungeyella gavini n. gen., n. sp. (Diptera: Chironomidae) is a tiny buchonomyiine/podonomian with specialised wing venation and probably lived in an araucarian riparian woodland with seasonal resin production. It is in one of the oldest-known ambers with insect inclusions.


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