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A new, rare and small “lobeattid” species (Insecta: Archaeorthoptera) found at Xiaheyan (Pennsylvanian; Ningxia, China)
TLDR
A new species of stem Orthoptera, namely Phtanomiamia gui gen. et sp.
Ovipositor and mouthparts in a fossil insect support a novel ecological role for early orthopterans in 300 million years old forests
TLDR
This combination of characters unambiguously supports lobeattids as stem relatives of all living Orthoptera (crickets, grasshoppers, katydids) and suggests that this group experienced an early diversification and, additionally, occurred in high individual numbers.
Ovipositor and mouthparts in a fossil insect support a novel ecological role for early orthopterans in Pennsylvanian forests
TLDR
The new species was omnivorous which explains the paucity of external damage on contemporaneous plant foliage and unambiguously supports lobeattids as stem-relatives of all Orthoptera (crickets, grasshoppers, katydids).