Insects and Catfishes | New Species Reported this week

Dorsal view of the left neurocranium and nuchal plates of Qarmoutus hitanensis (El-Sayed et al., 2017).

The week that just ended was particularly poor in descriptions of new species. The new species reported come from Egypt and China, are only two: a vertebrate (new genera and new species of catfish) and an invertebrate (new species of an insect).


Full account of fossil species reported this week:

  1. Qarmoutus hitanensis, gen. et sp. nov., a new marine catfish (Siluriformes; Ariidae) from the upper Eocene Birket Qarun Formation, Wadi El-Hitan, Egypt, was reported in PLOS one (1st March 2017). Click for the full-text of this article.
  2. Vitimoilus ovatus sp. nov., a Lower Cretaceous species of Cyrtophyllitinae (Insecta: Ensifera) from the Dabeigou Formation and Yixian Formation, China, was reported in Cretaceous Research (4th March 2017). Click for the web page of this article.

Image credit: El-Sayed et al., 2017 (click for source)

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)