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Mesoptilus Lameere 1917 (winged insect)

Insecta - Paoliida - Anthracoptilidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 200525

Mesoptilus was named with two species (M. dolloi and M. sellardsi) by Lameere, without explicitly designating one as the type. In 1919, Handlirsch named Stenoneurella fayoliana and Pseudooedischia berthaudi for the same specimens. Later, Handlirsch (1937) implicitly treated M. sellardsi as the type because he stated that P. berthaudi was a synonym of M. sellardsi but recombined M. dolloi as Stenoneurella dolloi. It is unclear to me whether Handlirsch was the first reviser or if his actions count as designating a type. Nevertheless, current practice treats Mesoptilus and Pseudooedischia as valid genera, and Mesoptilus dolloi as a valid species.

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Synonym: Stenoneurella Handlirsch 1919 (taxon 282504)

Full reference: A. Lameere. 1917. Revision sommaire des insectes fossiles du Stéphanien de Commentry. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle 23:141-200

Parent taxon: Anthracoptilidae according to Z. Y. Guan et al. 2016

Sister taxa: Adiphlebia, Afrocladus, Anthracoptilus, Carrizocladus, Graticladus, Homocladus, Jarmilacladus, Lodevocladus, Mycteroptila, Paracladus, Rhinomaloptila, Spargoptilon, Strephocladus, Strephoneura, Strephoptilus, Westphaloptilus

Subtaxa: Mesoptilus carpenteri, Mesoptilus dolloi

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Type: Mesoptilus dolloi

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