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Parasitic hump-backed flies (Diptera: Phoridae) from Middle Miocene ambers

Abstract : Phorid flies are an abundant and diverse dipteran family in modern faunas, yet poorly represented in the fossil record. Here, we describe the first fossil species of the millipede parasitizing genus Myriophora, M. asiatica n. sp., and three new fossil species of the ant parasitizing genus Apocephalus, A. miocenus n. sp., A. dominicanus n. sp., and A. chiapanecus n. sp. discovered in Miocene amber deposits from China, Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Moreover, we add details on the previously described species Apocephalus succineus Brown, previously described in Dominican amber, with the description of a new specimen. We also include a dichotomous key for all Apocephalus species described in the fossil record..
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Mónica Solórzano-Kraemer, Clément Bourdeau, Simon Rosse-Guillevic, Jörg Hammel, Chunpeng Xu, et al.. Parasitic hump-backed flies (Diptera: Phoridae) from Middle Miocene ambers. Palaeoworld, Elsevier, In press, ⟨10.1016/j.palwor.2021.11.002⟩. ⟨insu-03431983⟩



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