The oldest bee fly in the French Paleocene (Diptera: Bombyliidae)

André NEL

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 7 (7) - Pages 401-405

Published on 31 October 2008

Paleolomatia menatensis gen. and sp. n., oldest Bombyliidae sensu stricto, is described from the Paleocene of Menat (France). The new genus, based on the wing venation, is attributed to the rather ‘derived’ subfamily Lomatiinae, strongly supporting a Late Cretaceous age for the diversification of the pollinator bee flies, in relation with the floristic changes and the angiosperm radiation that occurred at the same time.


Insecta, Diptera, Bombyliidae, Taxonomy, Paleocene, France, Radiation age

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