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Temporal range: Early Cretaceous
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Raphidioptera
Family: Baissopteridae
Genus: Austroraphidia
Species: A. brasiliensis
Binomial name
Austroraphidia brasiliensis
Nel et al., 1990

Austroraphidia is an extinct genus of snakefly in the family of Baissopteridae. Austroraphidia fossils were described by Willmann in 1994. The genus was later described by Michael S. Engel in 2002. It has five sister taxa; Baissoptera, Cretinocellia, Cretoraphidia, Cretoraphidiopsis and Lugala.[1] Its fossils were found at the Crato MNHN collection in Brazil, often known as the Cretaceous of Brazil.[2][3] It contains one species, the extinct Austroraphidia brasiliensis, which was described by Nel et al. in 1990. Its average body length is 12.3 centimetres (4.8 in), the forewing is 10.2 by 3.0 centimetres (4.0 in × 1.2 in) and the hindwing is 9.5 by 2.88 centimetres (3.74 in × 1.13 in).[4]


  1. ^ "†Austroraphidia: Willmann, 1994 (snakefly)". The Paleobiology Database. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  2. ^ A. Nel, Y. Séméria, and R. G. Martins-Neto. 1990. Un Raphidioptera fossile du Cretace inferieur du Bresil (Neuropteroidea). Neuroptera International 6(1):27-37. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  3. ^ A. Nel, X. Delclos, and A. Hutin. 2005. Mesozoic chrysopid-like Planipennia: a phylogenetic approach (Insecta: Neuroptera). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 41:29-69. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  4. ^ "†Austroraphidia brasiliensis: Nel et al., 1990 (snakefly)". The Paleobiology Database. Retrieved 12 August 2012.