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Article: Burmorussidae, a new family of parasitic wasps (Insecta, Hymenoptera) from mid‐Cretaceous Burmese amber

Papers in Palaeontology - Volume 6 Issue 4 - Cover
Publication: Papers in Palaeontology
Volume: 6
Part: 4
Publication Date: November 2020
Page(s): 593 603
Author(s): Qi Zhang, Dmitry S. Kopylov, Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn, Yan Zheng, and Haichun Zhang
DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1312
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ZHANG, Q., KOPYLOV, D.S., RASNITSYN, A.P., ZHENG, Y., ZHANG, H. 2020. . Papers in Palaeontology, 6, 4, 593-603. DOI: /doi/10.1002/spp2.1312

Author Information

  • Qi Zhang - School of Geography & Tourism Qufu Normal University Rizhao 276826 China
  • Dmitry S. Kopylov - A.A. Borissiak Palaeontological Institute Russian Academy of Sciences Moscow 117647 Russia
  • Dmitry S. Kopylov - Cherepovets State University Cherepovets 162600 Russia
  • Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn - A.A. Borissiak Palaeontological Institute Russian Academy of Sciences Moscow 117647 Russia
  • Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn - Natural History Museum London SW7 5BD UK
  • Yan Zheng - Institute of Geology & Paleontology Linyi University Linyi 276000 China
  • Haichun Zhang - State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology & Stratigraphy Nanjing Institute of Geology & Palaeontology Chinese Academy of Sciences Nanjing 210008 China

Publication History

  • Issue published online: 25 November 2020
  • Manuscript Accepted: 22 January 2020
  • Manuscript Received: 24 January 2019

Funded By

National Natural Science Foundation of China
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Russian Foundation for Basic Research
Russian Academy of Sciences

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A new genus and species, Burmorussus mirabilis, is described based on two specimens from the mid‐Cretaceous Burmese amber, and considered to be a specialized parasitic wasp of wood‐living hosts. The new taxon is characterized by an orussid‐like ocellar crown, big eyes, antennae attached well above the clypeus, and antennal grooves or ventral transverse frontal carinae absent. Additionally, all legs carry a prominent lanceolate lobe on the third tarsomere. A similar structure is found, but organized differently, in Recent Orussidae and Stephanidae, serving as part of a vibration analyser. Although sharing some characters with families Karatavitidae, Orussidae and Paroryssidae, this new taxon cannot be assigned to any of these families. We propose a new monotypic family Burmorussidae and assign it to the superfamily Orussoidea. A phylogenetic analysis confirms the monophyly of Orussoidea, which occurs a sister group to Apocrita.

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