Abstract

Five unusual or problematic fossil insects from the Upper Permian of Australia are described and illustrated.

The Upper Permian strata at Belmont has yielded a rich and varied insect fauna. Those orders which constitute the dominant elements of the fauna have been studied and the species described in a number of papers by Tillyard (1918, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1926a, 1926b, 1929, 1935a, 1935b, 1935c), Evans (1943a, 1943b, 1947, 1950, 1956, 1958, 1963), Davis (1942, 1943), Riek (1953), and Kukalova (1966).

Although most of the fossil insect specimens have been studied, there remains unrecorded a small number of unusual and very interesting species. In some cases the affinities of these fossils are obscure while in other cases the remains are rather fragmentary and, although for these reasons one refrains from naming them, they are worthy of discussion even if only to indicate the presence of certain archaic orders of insects which have not previously been recorded from the Australian Permian. As extensive collecting of this horizon is unlikely to be undertaken in the near future, it is considered appropriate that the remaining components of the fauna should be recorded.

Only five specimens are considered worthy of discussion, though there are several interesting fragments that defy classification at present. These are mostly small fragments of relatively large wings. Only one of the five specimens discussed below is formally named.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Riek, 1968, Rec. Aust. Mus. 27(15): 303–310
Author
E. F. Riek
Year
1968
Title
Undescribed fossil insects from the Upper Permian of Belmont, New South Wales (with an appendix listing the described species)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
27
Issue
15
Start Page
303
End Page
310
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.27.1968.449
Language
English
Plates
plate 45
Date Published
27 November 1968
Cover Date
27 November 1968
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
INSECTA; FOSSIL; PERMIAN: LATE
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09 December 2008
Available Online
03 March 2009
Reference Number
449
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