Biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) as indicators of biostratigraphy, ecological reconstructions and identification of amber deposits

Ryszard Szadziewski

Abstract

Biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are a large family of flies that commononly appear in Lower Cretaceous to Miocene strata, with over 280 fossil species (4.3 % of the family), belonging to 49 genera (26 extant; 23 extinct). Morphological characters used in the identification of fossil genera and species are identical to those used in studies of extant Ceratopogonidae and, as a result, their potential indicative value is reliable. Two relictual extant genera,Leptoconopsand Austroconops, reported from Lower Cretaceous Lebanese amber, are at least 125 million years old. Certain ceratopogonid genera are indicative for the Lower Cretaceous, Upper Cretaceous, Eocene or Miocene. A morphological character indicative for the Upper Cretaceous and Cenozoic is macrotrichia on the wing membrane of adults. Indicator species and genera are reviewed for all amber deposits. Eocene Baltic amber contains the best known fauna of biting midges, with 109 named species. Some genera are indicative of aquatic and semiaquatic habitats (predaceous genera, subfamily Ceratopogoninae), forests with rotting trees (Forcipomyia), sandy sea shore habitats (Leptoconops), a cold boreal climate (Ceratopogon) or warm climates (Nannohelea,Austroconops,Leptoconops,Meunierohelea,Metahelea). Females require a protein-rich meal and are well known for feeding on the blood of vertebrates, but many feed on other things, so this information can help with the interpretation of palaeoenvironments.Washingtonhelea taimyricaSzadziewski, 1996, described from Siberian amber, is transferred to the fossil genusPalaeobrachypogon:P.taimyricus(Szadziewski, 1996), comb. nov. ForSerromyia alphea,mistakenly redescribed and illustrated from Eocene Bitterfeld amber (= Baltic amber) by Szadziewski (1993), a new name –SerromyiaerrataSzadziewski, nom. nov. – is proposed.
Author Ryszard Szadziewski (FB / DIZP)
Ryszard Szadziewski,,
- Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology
Journal seriesEarth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, ISSN 1755-6910, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2018
Vol107
No2-3
Pages219-230
Publication size in sheets0.55
ASJC Classification1900 General Earth and Planetary Sciences; 2300 General Environmental Science
DOIDOI:10.1017/S1755691017000378
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)30
ScoreMinisterial score = 30.0, 01-10-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 5; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.407; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 0.87 (2) - 2017=1.482 (5)
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