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- Abrotoxyela Gao, Taiping, 2009, Zootaxa 2094: 53-53.
Diagnosis: Forewing with Sc triple-branched and the first branch intersecting with C nearly 1 / 4 of the length; Sc terminating at C distal to the origin of Rs; Sc 2 short, inclining toward basal of wings, intersecting R before the origin of Rs; basal section of Rs approximately as long as that of M. Eyes extraordinarily large and the third segment of antenna 2.5 times as long as the rest flagellomeres. Ovipositor short.
Etymology: The generic name is a combination of Greek prefix abrot- referring to the pretty and gorgeous species included in this genus, and ‘ xyela ’, the name of one of the genera included in Xyelidae. The gender is feminine. Species included: The type species and A. multiciliata sp. nov.
Comparison: More than 20 genera of this subfamily have been reported up to date (Abe & Smith, 1991; Rasnitsyn, 1993; Zhang & Zhang, 2000), and 9 of them have been recorded in China (Zhang & Zhang, 2000; Gao & Ren, 2008). Rasnitsyn compiled a detailed key to the known genera of this family (Rasnitsyn, 1969) and a key to the known taxa of subfamily Macroxyelinae in Northeastern China was given by Zhang Haichun and Zhang Junfeng (Zhang & Zhang, 2000).
- Gao, Taiping; Ren, Dong; Shih, Chungkun; 2009: Abrotoxyela gen. nov. (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Xyelidae) from the Middle Jurassic of Inner Mongolia, China, Zootaxa 2094: 53-53. doi