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Geometric morphometric analysis of Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera: Apocrita) with two new Mesozoic taxa from Myanmar and China

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posted on 19.12.2019, 02:18 authored by Longfeng Li, Peter J. M. Shih, Dmitry S. Kopylov, Daqing Li, Dong Ren

A new genus and species of Labenopimplinae (Ichneumonidae), Heteropimpla megista Li, Shih, Kopylov & Ren gen. et sp. nov., is erected based on a specimen in mid-Cretaceous Myanmar (Burmese) amber. A key to genera of Labenopimplinae is provided. In addition, a new species, Amplicella abbreviata Li, Shih, Kopylov & Ren (Tanychorinae) from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation is described. Geometric morphometric analysis (GMA) was applied to study forewing venation of 24 Cretaceous species of Ichneumonidae and the results are presented for the first time. The GMA results not only confirm the taxonomic position of new taxa and relationships among these genera consistent with subfamily classifications, but also clarify the methodological differences between classical taxonomy and the GMA.