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Zorotypus (Octozoros) Engel 2003group is extinct

Eight-Segmented Zorapterans

Michael S. Engel taxon links extinct icon extinct icon [down<--]Zoraptera Interpreting the tree
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Containing group: Zoraptera


The extinct subgenus Octozoros includes two middle Cretaceous species, both known from alates in Burmese amber (Engel and Grimaldi, 2002; Engel, 2003).

The Burmese amber species Zorotypus cretatus may belong to Octozoros but the holotype is too imperfectly preserved to permit definitive placement here. The species is, therefore, retained as incertae sedis within Zorotypus s.l.


The subgenus Octozoros can be recognized by the following suite of apomorphic traits (Engel, 2003):

Other Names for Zorotypus (Octozoros) Engel 2003


Engel, M. S. 2003. Phylogeny of the Zoraptera. Entomologische Abhandlungen 61(2): 147-148.

Engel, M. S., and D. A. Grimaldi. 2002. The first Mesozoic Zoraptera (Insecta). American Museum Novitates 3362: 1-20.

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Michael S. Engel
University of Kansas Natural History Museum, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

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