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This is male mosquito from baltic amber 40-50 million years. This picture was took from a microscope at 40x magnification. Can you guys help me know more about it's Taxonomy.

 

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DevonianDigger

Well I know nothing about 40myo mosquitoes, I can say with absolute certainty that that is an amazing photo you've got there of a really super specimen!

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Ramon
1 minute ago, DevonianDigger said:

Well I know nothing about 40myo mosquitoes, I can say with absolute certainty that that is an amazing photo you've got there of a really super specimen!

Thanks!!!

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fifbrindacier

Nice photo, indeed, but how do you know this is a male mosquito ?

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Kosmoceras

Looks like a non-biting midge to me. They're quite common in Baltic amber.

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Ramon
8 hours ago, Doctor Mud said:

I agree, looks more like a chironomid or non-biting midge. Chaoborus (phantom midges) can look similar, but they have mandibles.

 

This is a male because it has plumose (hairy) antennae.

 

It should be possible to get an ID to genus for this. You could try the chironomid homepage: http://www.chironomidae.net/links.html

 

I'm really familiar with the taxonomy of the larvae as they are commonly preserved as fossils in lake sediments. Sorry I'm not much help with the adults or imagines.

 

Thanks!!! It really does look like a non biting midge.

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