Cantabroraphidia Genus and species indet. 1

Fuente, Ricardo Perez-de la, Penalver, Enrique, Delclos, Xavier & Engel, Michael S., 2012, Snakefly diversity in Early Cretaceous amber from Spain (Neuropterida, Raphidioptera), ZooKeys 204, pp. 1-40: 22-23

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Cantabroraphidia Genus and species indet. 1


Genus and species indet. 1   Figs 13A, 14A


MCNA 9218, from Peñacerrada I amber; wing apex plus two minute wing fragments lacking formal descriptive significance. The sample consists of part and counterpart after the amber piece broke following the plane of the inclusion.

Descriptive notes.

Sex unknown. Hind wing(?). Length of preserved fragment 2.4,maximum width of preserved fragment 2.4;wing apex rounded; pterostigma slightly increasing in width distally, infumate; pterostigma with an almost straight subdistal crossvein; all apical branches relatively short; Rs with three branches, distalmost fork very short; apicalmost r-rs crossvein (2r-rs?) meeting R distal to the pterostigma; rs-ma crossvein situated at distalmost fork of MA; MA with two branches.


The present material is distinct from other Spanish amber snakeflies but does not preserve enough detail to permit formal designation as a taxonomic entity. The presence of a pterostigmal crossvein immediately discounts Cantabroraphidia   and Amarantoraphidia   gen. n. MCNA 9218 highly resembles the hind wing of Styporaphidia   in the shape and location of the distalmost pterostigmal crossvein. In fact, its venation is very similar to Styporaphidia? hispanica   sp. n., though in the present material Rs is forked very close to the wing margin and the shape of its distalmost radial cell (most likely the second one) is somewhat different. Furthermore, the less pointed wing apex, shorter apical branches, and apical shapes of the radial, discal, and presumed second medial cells immediately distinguish MCNA 9218 from Necroraphidia   gen. n. and genus and species indet. 2 (vide infra), and the almost straight pterostigmal crossvein and positions of the apicalmost r-rs (2r-rs?), rs-ma, and apicalmost ma-mp (2ma-mp?) crossveins further differentiate MCNA 9218 from Necroraphidia   .