A new remarkably preserved fossil assassin bug (Insecta, Heteroptera, Reduviidae) from the Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado

Daniel R. Swanson, Sam W. Heads, Steven J. Taylor, Yinan Wang

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Abstract

We describe a new Eocene fossil assassin bug, Aphelicophontes danjuddi gen. et sp. nov. (Reduviidae: Harpactorinae), from the Green River Formation of Colorado. The specimens informing this description are extraordinarily preserved, particularly in the external and internal structures of the adult male genitalia. We discuss implications of the new species for the systematics and evolutionary history of the group, as well as the strength of phylogenetic signal in harpactorine genitalia.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPapers in Palaeontology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 19 2021

Keywords

  • fossil
  • new species
  • taxonomy
  • systematics
  • Eocene
  • Reduviidae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Palaeontology

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