Ghosts from the past: a review of fossil Hepialoidea (Lepidoptera)

Thomas J. Simonsen, David L. Wagner, Maria Heikkilä

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We critically re-examine nine of the ten fossil specimens currently assigned to Hepialidae. Three fossils with impressions of wing veins and scales placed in the fossil genus Prohepialus Piton, 1940, and two mummified larvae that show apomorphic characters, have features that support placement in Hepialidae. The other four fossils that we evaluate, Prohepialus incertus Piton, 1940; Oiophassus nycterus Zhang, 1989; Protohepialus comstocki Pierce, 1945; and a fossil scale, lack definitive hepialid characters. One of these, Prohepialus incertus Piton, 1940, appears to represent a symphytan (Hymenoptera), and is excluded from Lepidoptera. The fossilized wings placed in Prohepialus by Jarzembowski display numerous features that indicate a proximate phylogenetic relationship to extant members of the hepialid genus Sthenopis Packard and related genera.

Originalspråkengelska
Artikelnummer7982
TidskriftPeerJ
Volym7
Utgåva7
Antal sidor20
ISSN2167-8359
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 11 nov 2019
MoE-publikationstypA2 Granska artikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift

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  • 1181 Ekologi, evolutionsbiologi

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