The Triassic radiation of the entomofauna

Olivier BÉTHOUX, Francine PAPIER & André NEL

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 4 (6-7) - Pages 609-621

Published on 31 October 2005

This article is a part of the thematic issue The Triassic recovery, the dawn of the modern biota

Assessing the insect evolution around the Permian/Triassic boundary faces various pitfalls. The taxonomic and phylogenetic frames are not consensually established, and diverse evidences suggest that the record is incomplete. Nevertheless, extensive studies in progress on the super-ordinal clades Archaeorthoptera and Odonatoptera reveal common trends. Several important lineages get extinct, and groups underrepresented or absent in Late Permian became major components of the entomofauna in Middle Triassic. In addition, the radiation of the Diptera and the diversification of the Coleoptera in the Triassic also support the hypothesis of an important renewal of the entomofauna at the Permian/Triassic boundary.


Permian, Triassic, insects, Archaeorthoptera, Odonatoptera, extinction, radiation

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