First caddisflies (Trichoptera) in Lower Cretaceous Lebanese amber

Publication Type:Conference Paper
Year of Publication:2016
Authors:Wichard, W, Azar, D
Conference Name:The 7th International Conference on Fossil Insects, Arthropods and Amber
Date Published:26/04/2016
Publisher:Siri Scientific Press
Conference Location:National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Lebanese amber contains a diverse biota from the Lower Cretaceous and more than 100 families of arthropods have been reported from its deposits. Among these fossil insects, caddisflies are very scarce as inclusions. Some few fragments indicate caddisflies, but very few inclusions permit clear descriptions of new species. Here, we describe the first two Trichoptera species from this amber, which belong to Dipseudopsidae and Ecnomidae. Hitherto, the oldest fossil species of Dipseudopsidae was known from the Upper Cretaceous amber of New Jersey and Ecnommidae from the Eocene Baltic amber.

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