Fossil Record 18(2): 119-125, doi: 10.5194/fr-18-119-2015
The first Stylogaster Macquart, 1835 (Diptera: Conopidae) fossil, from Oligo-Miocene Dominican amber, and some phylogenetic and biogeographic considerations
expand article infoL. S. G. Rocha, T. O. Burt§, C. A. de Mello-Patiu, J. H. Skevington§
‡ Graduate Program in Biological Sciences – Zoology, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil§ Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Stylogaster Macquart, 1835 has been unknown in the fossil record until now, the onlyfossil conopid genus being Palaeomyopa Meulnier, 1912. Two Stylogaster specimens in amber from theAmerican Museum of Natural History collection were studied and are describedhere. Both specimens, male and female, belong to a new species, S. grimaldii sp. nov.,that is probably basal to at least the New World species with a shortocellar triangle. Photos and drawings of the new species are provided. Therelationship with other Stylogaster species and ancient distributional patterns arebriefly discussed.