Family Kukaspididae

Kukaspis Koteja & Poinar


Kukaspis Koteja & Poinar, 2001: 357-358. Type species: Kukaspis usingeri Koteja & Poinar, by monotypy and original designation.

BIOLOGY: This family is extinct (Koteja & Poinar, 2001).

CITATIONS: KotejaPo2001 [description, distribution, illustration, taxonomy: 357-358].

STRUCTURE: Archeococcid (Orthezioidea) with a circle of 10-12 unicorneal eyes; pedicel short, cylindrical flagellar segments, antennal setae short, capitate setae absent; scutum oval, large subrectangular membrane very short, tubular scutellum with oval foramen; mesopostnotum separated from scutellum by a large membrane; wings elongate-oval, finely sculptured; microtrichia absent; subcostal and cubital ridges weak, with only posterior flexing membrane developed; halters narrow, with 2 setae; legs short, all trochanters with numerous setae, tarsal and ungual digitules capitate; tail organs consisting of 4 soft waxy filaments arising from last abdominal tergite; penial sheath with a globose basal capsule and stylus with hooked apex, latter with a hook-like extension dorsally; aedaegus acute, extending beyond apex of penial sheath (Koteja & Poinar, 2001).

Kukaspis usingeri Koteja & Poinar


Kukaspis usingeri Koteja & Poinar, 2001: 358-360. Type data: UNITED STATES: Alaska, Kuk Inlet at Pugnik Beach, between Brooks Range and the norther Alaskan coastlie, in Lower Cretaceous amber. Holotype female. Type depository: OSUO. Described: male. Illust.

DISTRIBUTION: Nearctic: United States of America (Alaska [KotejaPo2001]).

CITATIONS: HodgsoHa2013 [phylogeny, taxonomy: 799]; KotejaPo2001 [description, distribution, illustration, taxonomy: 358-360].

GENERAL REMARKS: Detailed description and illustration by Koteja & Poinar (2001).

STRUCTURE: Sclerotized body parts dark brown. Body 1.32 mm long; wing expanse 3.20 mm long; Abdomen cylindrical with well developed tergal and sternal sclerites, short setae and wax glands. Tail organs peculiar, consisting of 4 flexible filaments (tubes?) protruding from last abdominal tergite; each apparently secreted by a single multilocular gland (Koteja & Poinar, 2001).