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Volume 18, issue 2
Foss. Rec., 18, 119–125, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-18-119-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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Foss. Rec., 18, 119–125, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-18-119-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 29 Jun 2015

Research article | 29 Jun 2015

The first Stylogaster Macquart, 1835 (Diptera: Conopidae) fossil, from Oligo-Miocene Dominican amber, and some phylogenetic and biogeographic considerations

L. S. G. Rocha1,2,*, T. O. Burt3,4, C. A. de Mello-Patiu5,6, and J. H. Skevington3,4 L. S. G. Rocha et al.
  • 1Graduate Program in Biological Sciences – Zoology, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
  • 2Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio de Janeiro, Campus Nilópolis, Nilópolis, RJ, Brazil
  • 3Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • 4Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • 5Department of Entomology, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
  • 6Research fellow of Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Brazil
  • *now at: Department of Entomology, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Abstract. Stylogaster Macquart, 1835 has been unknown in the fossil record until now, the only fossil conopid genus being Palaeomyopa Meulnier, 1912. Two Stylogaster specimens in amber from the American Museum of Natural History collection were studied and are described here. Both specimens, male and female, belong to a new species, S. grimaldii sp. nov., that is probably basal to at least the New World species with a short ocellar triangle. Photos and drawings of the new species are provided. The relationship with other Stylogaster species and ancient distributional patterns are briefly discussed.

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