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1 May 2006 The First Cretaceous Sclerogibbid Wasp (Hymenoptera: Sclerogibbidae)
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The first record of a fossil sclerogibbid wasp (Aculeata: Chrysidoidea) is reported. Sclerogibbodes embioleia, new genus and species, is described from a female preserved in Early Cretaceous (Neocomian) amber from Lebanon. The genus is sister to all other members of the Sclerogibbidae and is therefore placed in a monogeneric subfamily, Sclerogibbodinae, new subfamily. Sclerogibbids are obligate parasitoids of webspinners (order Embiodea  =  Embiidina, Embioptera), and thus the recovery of this lineage from Lebanese amber implies that webspinners were perhaps also present in the paleofauna.

Michael S. Engel and David A. Grimaldi "The First Cretaceous Sclerogibbid Wasp (Hymenoptera: Sclerogibbidae)," American Museum Novitates 80(3), (1 May 2006). https://doi.org/10.1206/0003-0082(2006)3515[1:TFCSWH]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 May 2006
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