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Zookeys. 2019 Dec 9;897:19-28. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.897.37608. eCollection 2019.

The first Elcanidae (Orthoptera, Elcanoidea) from the Daohugou fossil bed of northeastern China.

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College of Life Sciences, Capital Normal University, 105 Xisanhuanbeilu, Haidian District, Beijing, 100048, China.
Institute of Ecological Agriculture, College of Agronomy, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, Sichuan, 611130, China.
Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 23, Xinning Road, 810008, Xining, China.
College of Life Sciences, Hebei University, Baoding, 071002, China.


A new species of Elcanidae (Orthoptera, Elcanoidea), Parelcana pulchmacula sp. nov., is described based on four new specimens from the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation of northeastern China. The new species differs from all other known Archelcaninae species by its combination of wing-venation characters. This new finding improves our knowledge of variation on wing venation in elcanid insects and constitutes the first record of Elcanidae from the Daohugou fossil bed (Yanliao Biota) of northeastern China.


Archelcaninae ; Parelcana ; Inner Mongolia; Middle Jurassic; Yanliao Biota; systematic paleontology

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