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

Authors

  • 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.

Keywords:

Insecta, Diptera, Chironomidae, Barremian, United Kingdom

Abstract

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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2009-04-24

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