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Cretaceous diversity of the relict genus Alavesia Waters and Arillo (Diptera: Empidoidea: Atelestidae) (American Museum novitates, no. 3961)

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dc.contributor.author Sinclair, Bradley J.
dc.contributor.author Grimaldi, David A.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-06T18:14:08Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-06T18:14:08Z
dc.date.issued 2020-10-06
dc.identifier.issn 0003-0082
dc.identifier.uri http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/7244
dc.description 40 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract Alavesia has been known on the basis of five species in Late Cretaceous amber from Spain and Myanmar and two extant species from Namibia. Very recently, another extant species has been found in southern Brazil. Here we present a surprising diversity of Alavesia flies from the mid-Cretaceous of Myanmar (Late Albian-Early Cenomanian, ca. 99 Ma), including nine new species: A. angusta, sp. nov., A. brevipennae, sp. nov., A. lanceolata, sp. nov., A. latala, sp. nov., A. longicornuta, sp. nov., A. magna, sp. nov., A. pankowskiorum, sp. nov., A. spinosa, sp. nov., and A. zigrasi, sp. nov. The following new synonymy is proposed: Neoalavesia Poinar and Vega, 2020 = Alavesia Waters and Arillo, 1999. Notes are provided on an unusual structure, leg furrows found on femora to varying degrees among species, sometimes on tibiae, as well as notes on swarming behavior. Alavesia has undergone extensive extinction, a finding that further supports the relict nature of this genus and helps to explain the distribution of the other four Recent genera of Atelestidae, found in south and north temperate regions. Relict arthropod taxa preserved in Burmese amber are briefly reviewed, which also are narrowly endemic to temperate regions today. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates;no. 3961
dc.subject Diptera, Fossil -- Classification. en_US
dc.subject Diptera, Fossil -- Burma. en_US
dc.subject Diptera -- Phylogeny. en_US
dc.subject Amber fossils. en_US
dc.subject Amber fossils -- Burma. en_US
dc.subject Paleoentomology -- Cretaceous. en_US
dc.subject Paleoentomology -- Burma. en_US
dc.title Cretaceous diversity of the relict genus Alavesia Waters and Arillo (Diptera: Empidoidea: Atelestidae) (American Museum novitates, no. 3961) en_US


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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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