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Palaeolepidopterix aurea Kozlov, 1989

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Palaeolepidopterix aurea Kozlov, 1989
Type locality: Kazakhstan, Chimkent Oblast, Chayan district, Aulye
Type: Holotype : Kazakhstan, Chimkent Oblast, Chayan district, Aulye [close to Mikhaylovka], Upper Jurassic (Oxfordian-Kimmeridgian), Karabastau series, direct impression; in coll. Paleontological Institute (PIN), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, no. 2239/607

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


Drawing of holotype      
Picture from: © Kozlov 1989, modified
Detailed view

Description of adults: Original description following Kozlov, 1989 (based on holotype): Forewing length: 5.2 mm; head relatively short and wide; distance between eyes greater 1.5 times their diameter; pronotum large, with long dense clusters of hair-like scales along margin; on forewing, Sc reaching costal margin at 1/2 of forewing length, R1b at 3/5; forewings with monotone bronzy, metallic shining, scaly covering; jugum well developed, with a cluster of setae.


The species is only known from the type locality in Kazakhstan.


Nothing is known about the biology of the species.

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.


schematic drawing of the female abdomen, based on Kozlov (1989)      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

genitalia: Apophyses posteriores very long, reaching proximad nearly to the base of the abdomen.


P. aurea is the only known species of the genus so far. For features distinguishing Palaeolepidopterix Kozlov, 1989 from other genera of the Eolepidopterigidae, see there.

Phylogeny: The assignment of the impression to Lepidoptera is demonstrated by the most probable presence of scales on the forewing. The long apophyses posteriores and the well developed pronotum indicate an assignment of P. aurea to the family Eolepidopterigidae, but we do neither know of any apomorphies for that family, nor for P. aurea to prove that assignment.

Worth knowing:

The fossil has been assigned to the Upper Jurassic, between Oxfordian and Kimmeridgian (Kozlov 1989). This implicates an age of 161.2 - 150.8 Ma.


Kozlov, M. V. 1989. New Upper Jurasic and Lower Cretaceous Lepidoptera (Papilionida). Palaeontological Journal 4: 34-39. [Translated from: Novyye cheshuyekrylyye (Papilionida) iz verkney yury i nizhnego mela. Palaeont. zhur., No. 4, pp. 37-42, 1989.]

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