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Extralimital fossils of the "Gondwanan" family Sphaeropsocidae (Insecta, Psocodea)
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Extralimital fossils of the "Gondwanan" family Sphaeropsocidae (Insecta, Psocodea)

Title Variants

Alternative: Fossil Sphaeropsocidae

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Series: American Museum novitates, no. 3523

By

Grimaldi, David A.

Engel, Michael S.

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Book

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Published material

Publication info

New York, NY :American Museum of Natural History,c2006.

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"July 31, 2006."

Two new species and genera of minute, coleopteriform psocopterans, family Sphaeropsocidae (Nanopsocetae), are described from fossils preserved in Cretaceous ambers: Sphaeropsocoides canadensis Grimaldi and Engel, n.gen., n.sp., from the Campanian of western Canada; and Sphaeropsocites lebanensis Grimaldi and Engel, n.gen., n.sp., from the Neocomian of Lebanon. These are the first described Mesozoic species of the family. Sphaeropsocus kuenowii Hagen in mid-Eocene Baltic amber is redescribed in detail. The 14 described Recent species of the family (in the genera Sphaeropsocopsis and Badonnelia) have natural distributions that are largely restricted to southern portions of the Southern Hemisphere, but Eocene and now Cretaceous fossils reveal a formerly global distribution of the family. Hypothesized relationships of the five genera indicate basal positions of the fossil genera, and probably an entirely Tertiary age of the Recent genera Sphaeropsocopsis and Badonnelia, which would thus be too young for these two genera to have been affected by gondwanan drift.

Subjects

Amber fossils , Baltic Sea Region , Canada, Western , Cretaceous , Eocene , Geographical distribution , Insects, Fossil , Lebanon , Paleontology , Phylogeny , Sphaeropsocidae , Sphaeropsocites lebanensis , Sphaeropsocoides canadensis , Sphaeropsocus kuenowii

Call Number

QL1 .A436 no.3523 2006

Language

English

Identifiers

OCLC: 70810635

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1206/3523.1

 

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