Eur. J. Entomol. 105 (4): 783-787, 2008 | 10.14411/eje.2008.103

A new genus of isophlebioid damsel-dragonflies with "calopterygid"-like wing shape from the Middle Jurassic of China (Odonata: Isophlebioidea: Campterophlebiidae)

André NEL*,1, Di-Ying HUANG*,2, Qi-Bin LIN2
1 CNRS UMR 5202, CP 50, Entomologie, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 45 Rue Buffon, F-75005, Paris, France
2 Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, 210008, P.R. China


Zygokaratawia
reni, a new campterophlebiid genus and species is described from the Middle Jurassic of China. This fossil has a wing shape unique for this clade, i.e. a fore- and hind wing of the same width and very shortly petiolated, and hind wing cubito-anal area nearly as narrow as that of the forewing. This wing shape is convergently similar to that of recent Zygoptera: Calopterygidae, as well as to several other Cenozoic zygopteran clades, suggesting similar styles of flight and habits, i.e. predation on small insects and flight along trees of river banks.

Keywords: Odonata, Isophlebioidea, Campterophlebiidae, gen. n., sp. n., Middle Jurassic, China, wing shape

Received: November 22, 2007; Accepted: February 6, 2008; Published: October 24, 2008

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