Mymarommatoidea
Temporal range: Albian–Present
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
(unranked): Proctotrupomorpha
Superfamily: Mymarommatoidea
Debauche, 1948
Families

†Alavarommatidae
†Dipterommatidae
Gallorommatidae
Mymarommatidae

The Mymarommatoidea are a very small superfamily of microscopic hymenopteran insects. Only about half of the known species are living taxa (the others are fossils), but they are known from all parts of the world.[1][2] Undoubtedly, many more await discovery, as they are easily overlooked and difficult to study due to their extremely small size (most have an overall length of around 0.3 mm).

Classification

As taxonomists have examined this group more closely, they have become less certain about which other group of wasps represents the nearest living relatives of the Mymarommatoidea.[1] Their closest relatives seem to be the extinct family Serphitidae.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b Gibson, G.A.P.; Read, J.; Huber, J.T. (2007) Diversity, classification and higher relationships of Mymarommatoidea (Hymenoptera). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 16: 51–146.
  2. ^ Engel, M.S.; Grimaldi, D.A. (2007) New false fairy wasps in Cretaceous amber from New Jersey and Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Mymarommatoidea). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 110: 159–168.
  3. ^ Engel, Michael S. (2015-12-30). "A new family of primitive serphitoid wasps in Lebanese amber (Hymenoptera: Serphitoidea)". Novitates Paleoentomologicae (13): 1. doi:10.17161/np.v0i13.5064. ISSN 2329-5880.