Carmenelectra Evenhuis, 2002

Evenhuis, Neal L., 2013, New microbombyliids (Diptera: Mythicomyiidae) from Eocene Baltic and Rovno ambers, with notes on previously described amber species, Zootaxa 3731 (3), pp. 371-380: 376-377

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Carmenelectra Evenhuis, 2002


Carmenelectra Evenhuis, 2002 

Carmenelectra Evenhuis, 2002 c: 11  . Type species: Carmenelectra shechisme Evenhuis, 2002  , by original designation.

Carmenelectra pernigra Evenhuis  , new species ( Figs. 11View FIGURES 5 – 12, 15, 16View FIGURES 15 – 18)

Types. Holotype male from Baltic Region: exact locality unknown; No. B- 6336, in a smooth polished and rounded piece of golden yellow-colored amber, with no syninclusions and measuring roughly 12 x 9 mm in circumference ( Fig. 15View FIGURES 15 – 18). Baltic amber; mid Eocene. Holotype currently in the personal collection of NLE; to be deposited in BPBM.

Diagnosis. This species is similar to C. shechisme Evenhuis  but can be separated from it by the all black head (front and face yellow in C. shechisme  ) and the all black mesonotum (with pair of thin admedian yellowish vittae in C. shechisme  ).

Description. Length: 2.0 mm. Head. Black; eyes dichoptic, separated at vertex by slightly more than distance between lateral ocelli; front slightly depressed medially; antennae black; scape minute; pedicel subcylindrical, slightly longer than wide; first flagellomere lanceolate-ovoid, length about 2.5 x greatest width; second flagellomere slightly more than 2 / 3 length of first, with apical style; proboscis dark brown, length slightly less than 1 / 2 head height; labrum sclerotized, stiff, pointed apically, length slightly more than height of oral margin; palpus not evident.

Thorax. Black, with scattered short dark hairs on mesonotum and scutellum; coxae and legs brown; halter stem and knob brown.

Wing ( Fig. 11View FIGURES 5 – 12). Subhyaline except for brownish infuscation anteriorly from costa to vein R 4 + 5; veins brown; costa ends just before midpoint between ends of veins R 4 + 5 and M 1; vein Sc incomplete, ending at level just beyond origin of Rs; Rs evanescent at connection with R 1; R 2 + 3 ends at basal 1 / 5 between end of R 1 and R 4 + 5; R 4 + 5 slightly curved to wing margin; vein separating cells br and bm distinct; vein M 1 slightly curved toward wing margin; M 2 fairly straight to wing margin; crossvein dm-cu closing discal cell absent; veins CuA 1 and A 1 straight to wing margin; sparse fringe of hair on posterior margin of wing.

Abdomen. Distended; dorsum and venter black, with scattered dark hairs. Genitalic features hidden, not discernable.

Etymology. The species-group epithet is from the Latin per, = “very”; + nigra = “black”; in reference to the striking black color of this species.