Austromerope brasiliensis

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Austromerope brasiliensis
Austromerope brasiliensis dorsal view - ZooKeys-269-051-g001.jpeg
Austromerope brasiliensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mecoptera
Family: Meropeidae
Genus: Austromerope
Species: A. brasiliensis
Binomial name
Austromerope brasiliensis
Machado et al., 2013

The forcepfly Austromerope brasiliensis is one of only two living representatives of the genus Austromerope (the other is the Australian Austromerope poultoni). It is apparently endemic to Brazil, with large forceps-like structures at the tail and two pairs of wings. Only adults are known - no larval stage has been seen.[1]


  1. ^ Machado, R. J. P.; Kawada, R.; Rafael, J. A. (2013). "New continental record and new species of Austromerope (Mecoptera, Meropeidae) from Brazil". ZooKeys. 269: 1–10. doi:10.3897/zookeys.269.4255. PMC 3592268Freely accessible. PMID 23653525.