A new genus and species of Leptoconopinae (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) from Lower Cretaceous Baskinta amber outcrop in Lebanon

  • Agata Pielowska-Ceranowska Laboratory of Evolutionary Entomology and Museum of Amber Inclusions, Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology, Faculty of Biology, University of Gdańsk, Wita Stwosza 59, PL80-308 Gdańsk, Poland https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9247-0031
  • Dany Azar State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 39 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210008, China https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4485-197X
  • Jacek Szwedo Laboratory of Evolutionary Entomology and Museum of Amber Inclusions, Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology, Faculty of Biology, University of Gdańsk, Wita Stwosza 59, PL80-308 Gdańsk, Poland https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2796-9538
Keywords: taxonomy, biting midges, new genus, new species, Lower Cretaceous


A new fossil ceratopogonid genus and species from Lower Cretaceous Lebanese amber, Baskintoconops maaloufi Pielowska-Ceranowska gen. et sp. nov., is described and illustrated. The studied material originates from a newly discovered amber site in the Lebanese village Baskinta at a locality dubbed Qanat Bakish. The described genus is typified by its wing venation pattern combining characters of genera Fossileptoconops and Jordanoconops belonging to the subfamily Leptoconopinae.


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How to Cite
Pielowska-Ceranowska, A., Azar, D., & Szwedo, J. (2023). A new genus and species of Leptoconopinae (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) from Lower Cretaceous Baskinta amber outcrop in Lebanon. European Journal of Taxonomy, 908(1), 27–38. https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2023.908.2335
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