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A revision of Cretaceous mantises and their relationships, including new taxa (Insecta, Dictyoptera, Mantodea). American Museum novitates ; no. 3412

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dc.contributor.author Grimaldi, David A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T16:40:04Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T16:40:04Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/2838
dc.description 47 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 46-47). en_US
dc.description.abstract All genera of Cretaceous mantises are reviewed, and diagnoses of some are revised based on re-examination of type specimens. Five new Mantodea are described from Cretaceous deposits on four continents, including: concretions in limestone from the Santana Formation of northeast Brazil (Aptian, 120 Ma), inclusions in amber from the Raritan Formation of New Jersey, USA (Turonian, 90 Ma), and in amber from undetermined formations of Lebanon (Barremian, 125 Ma) and northern Myanmar (Burma) (approximately early Cenomanian to late Albian, 100 Ma). Prior to this, virtually all of the oldest mantises were from five Cretaceous localities in Eurasia. New Mantodea are Santanmantis axelrodi, n. gen., n. sp. (Brazil); Ambermantis wozniaki, n. gen., n. sp. (New Jersey); Jersimantis burmiticus, n. sp. (Myanmar); and Burmantis asiatica and B. lebanensis, n. gen. and n. spp. (Myanmar and Lebanon, respectively). The first two are based on adults, the last three on nymphs. Cladistic analysis of 26 morphological characters and 20 taxa, including living families and well-preserved fossils, indicates that Cretaceous mantises are phylogenetically basal to all living species and do not belong to the most basal living families Chaeteessidae, Mantoididae, and Metallyticidae. The classification of Cretaceous Mantodea is revised, which includes Santanmantidae, n. fam. and Ambermantidae, n. fam. Stratigraphic and cladistic ranks of taxa, with now improved fossil sampling, indicate that the order Mantodea is relatively recent like Isoptera (termites), with an origin no earlier than late Jurassic. Superfamily Mantoidea, comprising three families and 95% of the Recent species in the order, radiated in the early Tertiary to produce the exuberance of forms seen today. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 3412 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3412, 2003 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mantodea en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insects, Fossil. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Paleontology -- Cretaceous. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Amber fossils. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mantodea -- Phylogeny. en_US
dc.title A revision of Cretaceous mantises and their relationships, including new taxa (Insecta, Dictyoptera, Mantodea). American Museum novitates ; no. 3412 en_US
dc.title.alternative Early mantises 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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