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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Paraneoptera
Superordo: Condylognatha
Ordo: Hemiptera
Subordo: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraordo: Cicadomorpha
Superfamilia: Palaeontinoidea
Familiae (3): Dunstaniidae - Mesogereonidae - Palaeontinidae

Palaeontinoidea Handlirsch, 1906

Rohdendorf, Boris B. & Davis, Donald Ray, eds. (1991) Fundamentals of paleontology: Arthropoda, Tracheata, Chelicerata. Volume 9. Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the National Science Foundation. p. 220–224.

Palaeontinoidea is an extinct superfamily of cicadomorph hemipteran insects. This superfamily contains three families.[1]


Palaeontinoids were comparatively large, cicada-like insects that existed from the Upper Permian to the Middle Cretaceous (around 260.4 to 112.0 million years ago).

The three families classified under Palaeontinoidea, along with their age range and collection sites, are the following:

Mesogereonidae Tillyard, 1921

Upper Triassic; Australia and South Africa. Contains two monophyletic genera.[2]

Dunstaniidae Tillyard, 1916

Upper Permian to Lower Jurassic; South Africa, Australia, France, Central Asia, and China.[2][3]

Palaeontinidae Handlirsch, 1906

Upper Triassic to Middle Cretaceous; Brazil, China, Russia, Germany, the Transbaikal region, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Contains around 30 to 40 genera and about a hundred species.[2]

See also

Prehistoric Lepidoptera
Prehistoric insects


Boris B. Rohdendorf; Donald Ray Davis, eds. (1991). Fundamentals of paleontology: Arthropoda, Tracheata, Chelicerata. Vol. 9. Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the National Science Foundation. p. 220–224.
Bo Wang; Haichun Zhang & Jacek Szwedo (2009). "Jurassic Palaeontinidae from China and the Higher Systematics of Palaeontinoidea (Insecta: Hemiptera: Cicadomorpha)". Palaeontology. The Palaeontological Association. 52 (Part 1): 53–64. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00826.x.
Fabrice Lefebvre; André Nel; Francine Papier; Léa Grauvogel-Stamm & Jean-Claude Gall (1998). "The First 'Cicada-like Homoptera' from the Triassic of the Vosges, France" (PDF). Palaeontology. The Palaeontological Association. 41 (Part 6): 1195–1200. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 24, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2011.

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