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dc.contributor.authorTihelka, Erik
dc.contributor.authorEngel, Michael S.
dc.contributor.authorHuang, Diying
dc.contributor.authorCai, Chenyang
dc.identifier.citationTihelka, E., Engel, M. S., Huang, D., & Cai, C. (2020). Mimicry in Cretaceous Bugs. iScience, 23(7), 101280.
dc.descriptionThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.en_US
dc.description.abstractMimicry is ubiquitous in nature, yet understanding its origin and evolution is complicated by the scarcity of exceptional fossils that enable behavioral inferences about extinct animals. Here we report bizarre true bugs (Hemiptera) that closely resemble beetles (Coleoptera) from mid-Cretaceous amber. The unusual fossil bugs are described as Bersta vampirica gen. et sp. nov. and Bersta coleopteromorpha gen. et sp. nov. and are placed into a new family, Berstidae fam. nov. The specialized mouthparts of berstids indicate that they were predaceous on small arthropods. Their striking beetle-like appearance implies that they were either involved in defensive mimicry or mimicked beetles to attack unsuspecting prey. The latter would represent the first case of aggressive mimicry in the invertebrate fossil record. These findings enrich our understanding of the paleoecological associations and extinct behavioral strategies of Mesozoic insects.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipStrategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDB26000000 and XDB18000000)en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Natural Science Foundation of China (41672011 and 41688103)en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSecond Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition and Research (2019QZKK0706)en_US
dc.publisherCell Pressen_US
dc.rights© 2020 The Authors.en_US
dc.subjectEvolutionary Biologyen_US
dc.titleMimicry in Cretaceous Bugsen_US
kusw.kuauthorEngel, Michael S.
kusw.kudepartmentEcology & Evolutionary Biologyen_US
kusw.kudepartmentNatural History Museumen_US
kusw.oaversionScholarly/refereed, publisher versionen_US
kusw.oapolicyThis item meets KU Open Access policy criteria.en_US

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