The family Cretapsychidae (Insecta, Trichoptera) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, with descriptions of two new species

  • Wilfried Wichard Institute of Biology, University of Cologne, Herbert Lewinstrasse 2, 50931 Köln, Germany
  • Marianne Espeland Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Adenauerallee 127, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Keywords: aquatic insects, maxillary palps, wing venation, Burmapsychidae, Helicophidae


The Cretaceous family Cretapsychidae Wichard, 2021 belongs to the superfamily Sericostomatoidea Stephens, 1836 and is characterized by the five-segmented maxillary palps, with the second segment being the longest and the following three segments becoming successively smaller, and the tibial spur formula 2/2/4. In addition, the wing venation is characterized by apical forks II, III, and V in the forewings and forks I, III, and V in the hindwings. The two newly described species (C. kachini sp. nov. and C. myanmari sp. nov.) extend the genus Cretapsyche Wichard, Neumann, Müller & Wang, 2018 to six extinct species, all of which were found in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber from Kachin State, Myanmar.


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How to Cite
Wichard, W., & Espeland, M. (2022). The family Cretapsychidae (Insecta, Trichoptera) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, with descriptions of two new species. European Journal of Taxonomy, 833(1), 1-11.
Research article