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Published: 2021-08-31

Redescription of Neponymphes godoii Zamboni, 2001 from the Lower Cretaceous of Brazil, based on the adult and nymphal stages (Hemiptera: Nepomorpha: Belostomatidae)

Programa de Pós-graduação em Ciências Biológicas (Zoologia), Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil; Laboratório de Paleoinvertebrados – LAPIN, Departamento de Geologia e Paleontologia, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil
Programa de Pós-graduação em Ciências Biológicas (Zoologia), Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil; Departamento de Entomologia, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil
Laboratório de Paleoinvertebrados – LAPIN, Departamento de Geologia e Paleontologia, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil
Institut Systématique Evolution Biodiversité (ISYEB), Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, Université des Antilles, EPHE, Paris, France
Laboratório de Estudos da Biodiversidade do Pampa (LEBIP), Universidade Federal do Pampa (UNIPAMPA), Campus São Gabriel, São Gabriel – RS, Brazil
Departamento de Entomologia, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil
Insecta Neponymphes giant water bugs Araripe Basin Crato Formation fossil insect Hemiptera Nepomorpha Belostomatidae

Abstract

Neponymphes godoii Zamboni, 2001 is redescribed and illustrated based on specimens from the Lower Cretaceous of Northeastern Brazil (Araripe Basin, Crato Formation; upper Aptian, ~114 Ma). The redescription, based both on the adult and nymphal stages, shows that the external morphological characters of N. godoii were fairly similar to those of recent members of the Belostomatini. Hence, the external morphology in this tribe has apparently not changed much since the Cretaceous.

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