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Chrysidid wasps (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae) from Cretaceous Burmese amber: Phylogenetic affinities and classification

Published on Sep 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 2.12
· DOI :10.1016/j.cretres.2018.03.018
Daercio A. A. Lucena1
Estimated H-index: 1
(FFCLRP: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto),
Gabriel A. R. Melo18
Estimated H-index: 18
(UFPR: Federal University of Paraná)
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Abstract Representatives of chrysidid wasps are described for the first time from inclusions in Late Cretaceous Burmese amber. Five new genera and new species are described and illustrated: † Auricleptes nebulosus gen. et sp. nov., † Azanichrum pilosum gen. et sp. nov., † Bohartiura glabrata gen. et sp. nov., † Burmasega ammirabilis gen. et sp. nov., and † Miracorium tetrafoveolatum gen. et sp. nov. We coded 49 morphological characters for species representing the subfamilies Amiseginae, Loboscelidiinae, Cleptinae and Chrysidinae. The cladistic analysis recovered the following relationships: Cleptinae + († Auricleptes + († Burmasega  + († Miracorium  + ((Loboscelidiinae + Amiseginae) + ((† Azanichrum  + † Bohartiura ) + († Palaeochrum Krombein + (extant Chrysidinae)))))). In light of the cladistic results, we discuss the implications of characters for the interpretation of phylogenetic relationships within the family, and explore the main morphological changes occurred during the diversification of the chrysidid wasps.
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Published on Oct 1, 2017in Systematic Entomology 3.73
Phillip Barden6
Estimated H-index: 6
(NJIT: New Jersey Institute of Technology),
Hollister W. Herhold1
Estimated H-index: 1
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History),
David A. Grimaldi40
Estimated H-index: 40
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)
An unusual Cretaceous trap jaw ant is described from Burmese amber dated to the Late Cretaceous. Linguamyrmex vladi gen.n. sp.n. is distinguished by an unusual suite of morphological characters indicating specialized predatory behaviour and an adaptive strategy no longer found among modern ant lineages. The clypeus, highly modified as in other closely related haidomyrmecine hell ants, is equipped with a paddle-like projection similar to Ceratomyrmex. X-ray imaging reveals that this clypeal paddl...
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Published on Apr 1, 2017in Current Biology 9.19
Michael G. Branstetter11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UofU: University of Utah),
Bryan N. Danforth42
Estimated H-index: 42
(Cornell University)
+ 6 AuthorsSeán G. Brady29
Estimated H-index: 29
(National Museum of Natural History)
Summary The stinging wasps (Hymenoptera: Aculeata) are an extremely diverse lineage of hymenopteran insects, encompassing over 70,000 described species and a diversity of life history traits, including ectoparasitism, cleptoparasitism, predation, pollen feeding (bees [Anthophila] and Masarinae), and eusociality (social vespid wasps, ants, and some bees) [1]. The most well-studied lineages of Aculeata are the ants, which are ecologically dominant in most terrestrial ecosystems [2], and the bees, ...
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Published on Apr 1, 2017in Current Biology 9.19
Ralph S. Peters12
Estimated H-index: 12
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Lars Krogmann7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart)
+ 20 AuthorsRobert Lanfear29
Estimated H-index: 29
(Macquarie University)
Summary Hymenoptera (sawflies, wasps, ants, and bees) are one of four mega-diverse insect orders, comprising more than 153,000 described and possibly up to one million undescribed extant species [1, 2]. As parasitoids, predators, and pollinators, Hymenoptera play a fundamental role in virtually all terrestrial ecosystems and are of substantial economic importance [1, 3]. To understand the diversification and key evolutionary transitions of Hymenoptera, most notably from phytophagy to parasitoidi...
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Published on Jan 1, 2017
Mingxia1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
Guo1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 9 AuthorsBai1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Published on Jan 1, 2017in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn13
Estimated H-index: 13
(RAS: Russian Academy of Sciences),
George Poinar26
Estimated H-index: 26
(OSU: Oregon State University),
Alex E. Brown9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of California, Berkeley)
Abstract A strange wingless female parasitic wasp from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber is described as Aptenoperissus burmanicus sp. et gen. nov. in the new family Aptenoperissidae (Hymenoptera, Ceraphronoidea). Diagnostic characters of the female Aptenoperissus burmanicus sp. et gen. nov. include its wingless, streamlined and heavily sclerotized body lacking any apparent trace of a wasp waist, and geniculate antenna composed of a long, thin, stick-like scape, standard pedicel and 22 uniform flagel...
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Pierre F.D. Cockx1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Rennes),
Ryan C. McKellar12
Estimated H-index: 12
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Vincent Perrichot17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Rennes)
Abstract Two new genera and species of fossil chrysidoid wasps belonging to the families Chrysididae and Bethylidae are described from Charentese (Fouras Bois-Vert and Archingeay) lower Upper Cretaceous amber of France. New taxa include: Sphaerocleptes neraudeaui n. gen. et sp., and Nucifrangibulum carentonensis n. gen. et sp. A new bethylid wasp is also described but left in open nomenclature. These findings are the first records of the subfamilies Cleptinae and Bethylinae in these deposits and...
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Pierre F.D. Cockx1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Rennes),
Ryan C. McKellar5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Regina)
Abstract Two new genera and species belonging to the family Scolebythidae are described from mid-Cretaceous amber of Myanmar, Cursoribythus silvestris and Siccibythus musculosus . These taxa are introduced into the current phylogenetic tree of the family, in order to analyze their relationships and observe their impacts on our understanding of the family. The implication of the findings (this is the first record of the family in the Cretaceous amber deposits of Myanmar) are discussed.
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Published on Sep 28, 2016in Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 2.80
David A. Grimaldi40
Estimated H-index: 40
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)
A remarkable diversity of new nonempidoid orthorrhaphan flies from the mid-Cretaceous of Myanmar (Late Albian–Early Cenomanian, ca. 99 Ma) is presented, including 28 species (all but one new) in 22 genera (13 new), and at least 12 families. Two families are new; three genera are unplaced in Tabanomorpha and one unplaced within Brachycera. Comparisons are presented between the amber taxa and extensive lithified taxa from the Jurassic and Cretaceous of eastern Laurasia.In Stratiomyomorpha: A new s...
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Published on Jun 1, 2016in Cladistics 7.78
Pablo A. Goloboff31
Estimated H-index: 31
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Santiago A. Catalano12
Estimated H-index: 12
Version 1.5 of the computer program TNT completely integrates landmark data into phylogenetic analysis. Landmark data consist of coordinates (in two or three dimensions) for the terminal taxa; TNT reconstructs shapes for the internal nodes such that the difference between ancestor and descendant shapes for all tree branches sums up to a minimum; this sum is used as tree score. Landmark data can be analysed alone or in combination with standard characters; all the applicable commands and options ...
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Published on Jun 1, 2016in Current Biology 9.19
Vincent Perrichot15
Estimated H-index: 15
(KU: University of Kansas),
Bo Wang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Michael S. Engel36
Estimated H-index: 36
(KU: University of Kansas)
Summary Ants comprise one lineage of the triumvirate of eusocial insects and experienced their early diversification within the Cretaceous [1–9]. Their ecological success is generally attributed to their remarkable social behavior. Not all ants cooperate in social hunting, however, and some of the most effective predatory ants are solitary hunters with powerful trap jaws [10]. Recent evolutionary studies predict that the early branching lineages of extant ants formed small colonies of ground-dwe...
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Published on Apr 1, 2019in Systematic Entomology 3.73
Thomas Pauli3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Freiburg),
Ruth F. Castillo‐Cajas1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Würzburg)
+ 12 AuthorsRalph S. Peters12
Estimated H-index: 12
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Published on Jan 29, 2019in Historical Biology 1.49
Gabriel A. R. Melo18
Estimated H-index: 18
(UFPR: Federal University of Paraná),
Daercio A. A. Lucena1
Estimated H-index: 1
(FFCLRP: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto)
ABSTRACTThe chrysidoid wasps are one of the main groups of aculeate parasitoid hymenopterans. Many of its constituent families are relatively well represented in the fossil record, being quite common in many Cenozoic amber deposits worldwide. Conversely, these wasps are scarcely represented in the Cretaceous period. Herein, we describe and illustrate three new genera and five new species from Cenomanian Burmese amber: †Aureobythus decoloratus gen. nov. et sp. nov., †A. punctatus sp. nov., and †A...
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Published on Jan 1, 2019in Systematic Entomology 3.73
Daercio A. A. Lucena1
Estimated H-index: 1
(FFCLRP: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto),
Lynn S. Kimsey12
Estimated H-index: 12
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis),
Eduardo A. B. Almeida13
Estimated H-index: 13
(FFCLRP: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto)
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Published on Dec 1, 2018
Qi Zhang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Qufu Normal University),
Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn13
Estimated H-index: 13
(RAS: Russian Academy of Sciences)
+ 1 AuthorsHaichun Zhang20
Estimated H-index: 20
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Abstract The Burmese amber assemblage of Hymenoptera with its 47 constituent families is now the richest in Cretaceous. A collection of Burmite (Burmese amber) from the Hukawng Valley, Myanmar at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences was examined, revealing that Burmite inclusions contain a very highly diverse hymenopteran fauna with as many as ten families found new for the Burmese fossil assemblage. The mid-Cretaceous hymenopteran fauna of Burmese ambe...
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