B ittacidae is small family of insects, but a major family of mecopterans, with about half of its genera known from the Mesozoic (Handlirsch, 1939; Sukatsheva, 1990; Novokschonov, 1993, 1997a, 1997b; Ren, 1993, 1997; Ansorge, 1996; Petrulevičius and Martins-Neto, 2001), mainly from the Jurassic. Cenozoic records are scarce and in most cases are assigned to extant genera (Jarzembowski, 1980; Novokschonov, 1993; Petrulevičius, 1998, 1999, 2001a, 2001b).

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Living bittacids are widespread in temperate and tropical climates. The wings are distinctly elongate and slender in...

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