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A peculiar leg structure in the first non-biting midge described from Cambay amber, India (Diptera: Chironomidae)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 January 2018

Marta Zakrzewska*
Affiliation:
Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology, Laboratory of Systematic Zoology, Faculty of Biology, University of Gdańsk, Wita Stwosza 59, 80–308 Gdańsk, Poland. Email: marta.zakrzewska@biol.ug.edu.pl
Frauke Stebner
Affiliation:
Steinmann-Institute, Section Palaeontology, University of Bonn, Nussallee 8, D-53115 Bonn, Germany.
Mateusz Puchalski
Affiliation:
Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology, Laboratory of Systematic Zoology, Faculty of Biology, University of Gdańsk, Wita Stwosza 59, 80–308 Gdańsk, Poland. Email: marta.zakrzewska@biol.ug.edu.pl
Hukam Singh
Affiliation:
Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, 53 University Road, Lucknow, India.
Wojciech Giłka
Affiliation:
Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology, Laboratory of Systematic Zoology, Faculty of Biology, University of Gdańsk, Wita Stwosza 59, 80–308 Gdańsk, Poland. Email: marta.zakrzewska@biol.ug.edu.pl
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Abstract

We present the first specific record of a chironomid of the tribe Tanytarsini from early Eocene Cambay amber, India (52–53 Ma). The oldest known extinct tanytarsine genus, Gujaratomyia Giłka & Zakrzewska, gen. nov., is described on the basis of adult males of G. miripes Giłka & Zakrzewska, sp. nov. The species displays an unusual leg structure with unique leg ratios and tibial armature. The combination of the head and genital apparatus characters supports the hypothesis that Gujaratomyia and Cladotanytarsus are members of a common group within the subtribe Tanytarsina.

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