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Youngest occurrence of the genus Microphorites (Diptera: Dolichopodidae): A new species in Late Cretaceous Vendean amber

Abstract : A new species of the extinct genus Microphorites Hennig (Dolichopodidae: Microphorinae) is described from a single malepreserved in Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian to Santonian) Vendean amber (NW France). Microphorites magaliae n. sp., ismostly characterized by large compound eyes, flagellomere I with base bulbous and abruptly tapering to slender apex, thoraxstrongly hump-backed, with numerous acrostichal and dorsocentral setae, including a pair of elongate posterior setae on themesoscutum, mesoscutellum with two long strong setae, wing vein C terminating just beyond R4+5, and R4+5 approximatelyequidistant between R2+3 and M1 along wing margin. It is the latest occurrence of the genus which is otherwise known exclusivelyfrom Early to mid-Cretaceous amber of Lebanon, Spain, and southwestern France. The existing key to all speciesof Microphorites is modified to include the new species.
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Vincent Perrichot, Michael S. Engel. Youngest occurrence of the genus Microphorites (Diptera: Dolichopodidae): A new species in Late Cretaceous Vendean amber. Paleontological Contributions, 2014, 10G, pp.30-33. ⟨insu-01094303⟩

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