Fossil Microgastrinae taxa

Fossil Microgastrinae taxa

Extinct genera and species of Microgastrinae have been found in Eocene and Oli­gocene deposits, from 37–44 million years ago (MYA). Many specimens from the Miocene (20–30 MYA) are known from Dominican and Chiapas ambers, but most appear to be undescribed representatives of extant genera (Murphy et al. 2008). Be­lokobylskij (2014) revised the taxonomic status of all previously known taxa of fossil Microgastrinae and described one new genus as well as two new species. The origin of Microgastrinae has been estimated at ~ 54 MYA (Murphy et al. 2008).

Unlike previous work (Mason 1981, Yu et al. 2005, 2012, 2016), Fernandez-Triana et al. (2020) excluded fossil genera or species from the world checklist. Instead, they tabulate in this section the three genera and 12 species of fossil Microgastrinae currently described.

Extinct genera and species of Microgastrinae, compiled from Yu et al. (2012, 2016) and Be­lokobylskij (2014).

Genera only known from fossils Species only known from fossils

Dacnusites Cockerell, 1921

Eocardiochiles Brues, 1933

Palaeomicrogaster Belokobylskij, 2014

Apanteles concinnus Statz, 1938

Apanteles macrophthalmus Statz, 1938

Dacnusites reductus Cockerell, 1921

Dacnusites sepultus Cockerell, 1921

Eocardiochiles fritschii Brues, 1933

Microplitis elegans Timon-David, 1944

Microplitis primordialis (Brues, 1906)

Microplitis vesperus Brues, 1910

Semionis nixoni Tobias, 1987

Semionis wightensis Belokobylskij, 2014

Snellenius succinalis Brues, 1933

Palaeomicrogaster oculatus Belokobylskij, 2014


Belokobylskij SA (2014) Family Braconidae Nees, 1812. In: Antropov AV, Belokobylskij SA, Compton SG, Dlussky GM, Khalaim AI, Kolyada VA, Kozlov MA, Perfilieva KS, Ras¬nitsyn AP (2014). The wasps, bees and ants (Insecta: Vespida = Hymenoptera) from the Insect Limestone (Late Eocene) of the Isle of Wight, UK. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 104 (3–4): 335–446.

Murphy N, Banks JC, Whitfield JB, Austin AD (2008) Phylogeny of the parasitic microgas¬troid subfamilies (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) based on sequence data from seven genes, with an improved time estimate of the origin of the lineage. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 47(1): 378–395.

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