High niche diversity in Mesozoic pollinating lacewings
Liu, Qing1; Lu, Xiumei2; Zhang, Qingqing (张青青)1; Chen, Jun1,3; Zheng, Xiaoting3; Zhang, Weiwei4; Liu, Xingyue2; Wang, Bo (王博)1,5

Niche diversity of pollinating insects plays a vital role in maintaining extant terrestrial ecosystems. A key dimension of pollination niches refers to the insect proboscis length that commonly matches the floral tube length. Here we describe new kalligrammatid lacewings (an iconic Mesozoic pollinating insect lineage) from late Cretaceous Burmese amber and Mesozoic sediments in China. Kalligrammatids display complex configurations of elongate mouthpart elements consisting of well-developed maxillae, labium and their palps. The mouthpart lengths vary among species, from 0.6 to 18.0 mm, suggesting corresponding variability in the floral tube lengths of Mesozoic plants. With the diversification of pollinating habits, the kalligrammatids presented highly divergent traits related to chemical communication and defence mechanisms. Together with other Mesozoic long-proboscid insects, these fossils not only reveal the high niche diversity of Mesozoic pollinating insects but also highlight the diversity of Mesozoic pollinator-dependent plants prior to the rise of angiosperms.

WOS KeywordInsecta Neuroptera ; Midcretaceous Amber ; Burmese Amber ; Long ; Mouthparts ; Phylogeny ; Dilaridae ; Evolution ; Flower ; Diversification
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41572010] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31672322] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41622201] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41688103] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31322051] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences[XDB26000000]
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics
WOS SubjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000444757900011
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Corresponding AuthorLiu, Xingyue; Wang, Bo (王博)
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Nanjing Inst Geol & Palaeontol, Ctr Excellence Life & Paleoenvironm, State Key Lab Palaeobiol & Stratig, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
2.China Agr Univ, Dept Entomol, Beijing 100193, Peoples R China
3.Linyi Univ, Inst Geol & Paleontol, Linyi 276000, Peoples R China
4.Three Gorges Entomol Museum, POB 4680400015, Chongqing, Peoples R China
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Zool, Key Lab Zool Systemat & Evolut, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Liu, Qing,Lu, Xiumei,Zhang, Qingqing ,et al. High niche diversity in Mesozoic pollinating lacewings[J]. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS,2018,9:11.
APA Liu, Qing.,Lu, Xiumei.,Zhang, Qingqing .,Chen, Jun.,Zheng, Xiaoting.,...&Wang, Bo .(2018).High niche diversity in Mesozoic pollinating lacewings.NATURE COMMUNICATIONS,9,11.
MLA Liu, Qing,et al."High niche diversity in Mesozoic pollinating lacewings".NATURE COMMUNICATIONS 9(2018):11.
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