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Published: 2021-06-29

A potential telephlebiid dragonfly (Odonata: Anisoptera: Aeshnoidea) from Miocene of Yunnan, southwestern China

Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology and Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 39 East Beijing Road, Nanjing 210008, China
State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology and Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 39 East Beijing Road, Nanjing 210008, China
Faculty of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201, Hunan, China
State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology and Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 39 East Beijing Road, Nanjing 210008, China
Odonata Anisoptera Aeshnoidea Telephlebiidae Miocene Yunnan


A new aeshnoid dragonfly, Jingguaeshna taoae gen. et sp. nov., is described based on an incomplete hindwing from a new Miocene deposit in Jinggu, Yunnan Province, southwestern China. Jingguaeshna gen. nov. is most likely a member of the Telephlebiidae, sharing a number of typical characters of this family. Jingguaeshna taoae gen. et sp. nov. is the first aeshnoid dragonfly fossil found from Yunnan and probably the oldest-known telephlebiid dragonfly. This study also reveals a new entomofauna in southwestern China, contributing new information to the understanding of the Miocene ecosystems in this region.


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