N A T U R K U N D L I C H E S á I N F O R M A T I O N S S Y S T E M

Palaeoinfurcitinea sp. (Baltic amber) in litt.

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Type locality: Russia, Kaliningrad, Yantarnyy, Lutetian period (Baltic amber)
Type: Holotype : Russia, Kaliningrad, Palmnicken (now Yantarnyy); ID-no. www.nkis.info MK-14586; inclusion in Baltic amber; in coll. Michael Kurz

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


male and female: Russia, Kaliningrad, Palmnicken : Russia, Kaliningrad, Palmnicken    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Description of adults: Examined: 1 , 1 . Forewing length: 3.1 mm, 2.6 mm. Head with erect, hair-like scales; labial palpi about 220 Ám long, with erect bristles; maxillary palpi present, but like haustellum, insufficiently visible; antennae shorter than forewing, about 1 mm long, filiform; both wings lanceolate; foretibia with epiphysis (visible in ); midtibia with a pair of spurs at distal end, hindtibia with a pair of spurs each at 0.4 of tibial length and at distal end; abdomen of female with ovipositor not extended.


The species is known only from Balitc amber in the Baltic region, which has been mined from the "Blue Earth" near Palmnicken (now Yantarnyy).


Venation. In forewing, all veins free; all R-veins present; R5 distinctly preapical, M1 slightly postapical; Sc and R1 reaching costa distinctly distad to base of radial cell; in hindwing, all veins free; medial stem present, but probably without fork; crossvein between R and M1 inclined and basally to crossvein between M2 and M3.


According to the venation and the presence of an epiphysis, as well as to the general appearance, the species fits very well for the Palaeoinfurcitinea Kozlov, 1987. The smaller size, the distinctly shorter antennae and the position of Sc and R1 at the costa of the forewing, relative to the base of the radial cell distinguish it clearly however from the type species of Palaeoinfurcitinea, P. rohdendorfi Kozlov, 1987.

Worth knowing:


Kozlov, M. V. 1987. New moth-like Lepidoptera from the Baltic amber. Translation from Palaeontological Journal (4): 59-68 [56-65].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2016.04.09
Kurz Michael: 2016.04.28
Kurz Michael: 2017.03.15
Kurz Michael: 2017.03.21
not reviewed