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Article: False fairy wasps in Early Cretaceous amber from Spain (Hymenoptera: Mymarommatoidea)

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 54
Part: 3
Publication Date: May 2011
Page(s): 511 523
Author(s): Jaime Ortega-Blanco, Enrique Peñalver, Xavier Delclòs and Michael S. Engel
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ORTEGA-BLANCO, J., PEÑALVER, E., DELCLÃ’S, X., ENGEL, M. S. 2011. False fairy wasps in Early Cretaceous amber from Spain (Hymenoptera: Mymarommatoidea). Palaeontology54, 3, 511–523.

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The fauna of false fairy wasps (Proctotrupomorpha: Bipetiolarida: Mymarommatoidea) occurring in Early Cretaceous (Albian) amber from north and north-eastern Spain (Moraza, San Just, and El Soplao outcrops) is described. In total, 12 specimens have been recovered and four species recognized, all new: Alavaromma orchamum gen. nov. and sp. nov. (Alavarommatidae fam. nov.), Archaeromma hispanicum sp. nov. (Mymarommatidae), Galloromma alavaensis sp. nov., and G.turolensis sp. nov. (Gallorommatidae). The study indicates the necessity of revision and maybe fusion of both superfamilies, Mymarommatoidea and Serphitoidea, as the boundaries between them are less and less defined. However, major classificatory rearrangements must await the completion of the cladistic studies presently underway.
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