Fossil Record 24(2): 339-346, doi: 10.5194/fr-24-339-2021
The genus Allodia (Diptera: Mycetophilidae) in Miocene Ethiopian amber
expand article infoValentine Bouju, Simon Rosse-Guillevic, Marion Griffon, Błażej Bojarski§, Jacek Szwedo§, Vincent Perrichot|
‡ Géosciences Rennes, CNRS, UMR 6118, Univ Rennes, 35000 Rennes, France§ Laboratory of Evolutionary Entomology and Museum of Amber Inclusions, Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology, Faculty of Biology, University of Gdańsk, 59 Wita Stwosza St., 80-309 Gdańsk, Poland| University Rennes 1, Rennes, France
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A new, extinct species of Allodia Winnertz is described from earlyMiocene amber of Ethiopia. Allodia paleoafricana sp. nov. is mostly characterized by the scutumwith strong anteromarginal, dorsocentral, and lateral setae and the wingwith the stem of the M-fork slightly shorter than the vein r–m and the base of the M4–CuA forkaligned with the base of r–m. The assignment to any of the two subgeneraAllodia stricto sensu or Brachycampta Winnertz remains equivocal as the fossil intermingles traits found inboth taxa. Allodia is known mostly from the Palearctic region, while only a fewspecies have been described from Africa. In this regard, the new fossilspecies from Ethiopia brings significant new information regarding theAfrotropical distribution and natural history of the genus.