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Published: 2022-09-22

A new species of embidopsocine barklouse in Langhian amber from Zhangpu, China (Psocoptera: Liposcelididae)

Division of Entomology, Natural History Museum, University of Kansas, 1501 Crestline Drive – Suite 140, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-4415, USA; Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-4415, USA; Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, New York 10024-5192, USA
State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology and Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China
Psocoptera Liposcelididae amber barklice Miocene Psocodea taxonomy Zhangpu


A new fossil liposcelidid barklouse is described and figured in mid-Miocene amber from southeastern China. Belaphotroctes grimaldii sp. nov. is documented from an individual preserved in Langhian amber from Zhangpu, Fujian, China, and is the first fossil species of the family from the Cenozoic of Asia. The species is distinguished from its congeners and comments are provided regarding the implications of a Belaphotroctes Roesler in the Miocene of China.


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