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The earliest webspinners (Insecta, Embiodea) ; American Museum novitates : no. 3514

Show simple item record Engel, Michael S. Grimaldi, David A. 2006-05-22T17:57:55Z 2006-05-22T17:57:55Z 2006
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 10-12). en
dc.description 15 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. en
dc.description.abstract A new genus and species of webspinner (Insecta: Embiodea = Embiidina, Embioptera auctorum) is described and figured from a well-preserved, alate male in mid-Cretaceous (latest Albian) amber from Myanmar (Burma). Sorellembia estherae, new genus and species, is distinguished from the only other Mesozoic webspinner, Burmitembia venosa Cockerell. Unlike the latter taxon, S. estherae embodies an array of notable plesiomorphies for the Neoembiodea (i.e., those Embiodea with strongly asymmetrical terminalia and the tenth tergum divided). Based on its phylogenetic position, S. estherae is placed in a new family, Sorellembiidae. Burmitembia venosa, on the other hand, possesses a synapomorphic suite of traits indicating placement in the Notoligotomidae (sensu novum) and as sister to the apterous subfamily Australembiinae (status novus). Past authors have considered Burmitembia as deserving of familial status, but it seems more conservative to combine the geographically restricted and species-poor sister families Notoligotomidae and Australembiidae and to consider Burmitembia as merely a subfamily therein (as Burmitembiinae). The phylogeny, classification, and geological history of the order are briefly reviewed. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates : no. 3514 en
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3514 2006 en
dc.subject.lcsh Sorellembia estherae. en
dc.subject.lcsh Embioptera -- Phylogeny. en
dc.subject.lcsh Embioptera -- Classification. en
dc.subject.lcsh Insects, Fossil -- Burma. en
dc.subject.lcsh Paleontology|yCretaceous -- Burma. en
dc.subject.lcsh Paleontology -- Burma. en
dc.title The earliest webspinners (Insecta, Embiodea) ; American Museum novitates : no. 3514 en
dc.title.alternative Cretaceous Embiodea en
dc.type text en

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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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