A new pygmy mole cricket in cretaceous amber from Burma (Orthoptera: Tridactylidae).

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A new genus and species of Tridactylidae (Orthoptera: Caelifera: Tridactyloidea) is described from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Burmadactylus grimaldii gen. et sp.nov. is the first tridactylid to be formally described from a Cretaceous amber and is assigned to the extant subfamily Dentridactylinae. The new genus is distinguished from all other Dentridactylinae by unusually small male paraproctal lobes and represents the first record of an extant tridactylid subfamily from the Mesozoic. A key to the genera of Dentridactylinae is also provided.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75--82
Issue number2 April 2009
StatePublished - 2009


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