Revision of the giant pterygote insect Bojophlebia prokopi Kukalová-Peck, 1985 (Hydropalaeoptera: Bojophlebiidae) from the Carboniferous of the Czech Republic, with the first cladistic analysis of fossil palaeopterous insects

@article{Sroka2015RevisionOT,
  title={Revision of the giant pterygote insect Bojophlebia prokopi Kukalov{\'a}-Peck, 1985 (Hydropalaeoptera: Bojophlebiidae) from the Carboniferous of the Czech Republic, with the first cladistic analysis of fossil palaeopterous insects},
  author={Pavel Sroka and Arnold H. Staniczek and G{\"u}nter Bechly},
  journal={Journal of Systematic Palaeontology},
  year={2015},
  volume={13},
  pages={963 - 982}
}
The holotype is redescribed of the giant pterygote insect Bojophlebia prokopi Kukalová-Peck, 1985 from the Pennsylvanian of the Czech Republic. Multiple errors in the original description are documented and corrected. Bojophlebia prokopi has neither any visible traces of a costal brace nor an anal brace, but it does show triadic branchings of MA, MP, CuA, and even, as rare a plesiomorphy, of CuP. It is therefore rejected as a fossil stem mayfly and attributed as sister group of all other… 
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