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1 March 2009 A Remarkable Tiphiiform Wasp in Mid-Cretaceous Amber from Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae)
Michael S. Engel, Jaime Ortega-Blanco, Daniel J. Bennett
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Abstract

The first tiphiid wasp (Aculeata: Euaculeata: Vespoidea: Tiphiiformes) in Cretaceous amber is described and figured. Thanatotiphia nyx, new genus and species, is represented by a male entombed in mid-Cretaceous (latest Albian) amber from Myanmar. Thanatotiphia possesses remarkable apomorphies in wing venation, lacks key traits of modern subfamilies, and is thus classified in a new subfamily, Thanatotiphiinae. The fossil is further shown to be nested well within the family, indicating that major lineages of Tiphiidae diverged by the mid-Cretaceous. The new taxon is compared with modern tiphiid subfamilies and the sparse fossil history of the family briefly overviewed.

Michael S. Engel, Jaime Ortega-Blanco, and Daniel J. Bennett "A Remarkable Tiphiiform Wasp in Mid-Cretaceous Amber from Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae)," Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 112(1/2), 1-6, (1 March 2009). https://doi.org/10.1660/062.112.0201
Published: 1 March 2009
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KEYWORDS
Aculeata
Albian
amber
Mesozoic
paleontology
Tiphiiformes
Vespoidea
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