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Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana

Volumen 68, núm. 1, 2016, p. 11-21

The Dolichopodidae (Diptera) of Mexican amber

Daniel J. Bickel1, Monica M. Solórzano Kraemer2

1 Entomology Section, Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia.
2 Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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Abstract

The family Dolichopodidae (Diptera) from Mexican Chiapas amber are reviewed. Six new species are described: Mesorhaga pseudolacrymans, Amblypsilopus monicae, Medetera totolapa, Medetera amissa, Peloropeodes paleomexicana and Neoparentia chiapensis. All genera are currently extant in the modern Mesoamerican fauna, and three of the new species can be closely associated with modern species groups or species. This suggests that many elements of the modern Neotropical dolichopodid fauna have been in place since the Miocene.

Keywords: Miocene, Dolichopodidae, Mesorhaga, Amblypsilopus, Medetera, Peloropeodes, Neoparentia, new species, Mexico.


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