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Cretaceous Saurophthiridae (Aphaniptera) as pupiparous pre-fleas of diving pterosaurs


Author(s)

D. E. Shcherbakov


Abstract:

By analogy with bat ectoparasites, it is assumed that Saurophthirus, a permanent ectoparasite of pterosaurs, was pupiparous (the female gave birth to a mature larva, which pupated immediately). The enlarged tracheal trunks containing air for the larva developing in the mother’s uterus indicate that Saurophthirus was a parasite of diving pterosaurs. The Saurophthiridae are the first Mesozoic insect group supposed to be pupiparous.


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https://link.springer.com/article/10.1134/S0031030117020149

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)
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