Name: Proraphidia ‭(‬before Raphidia‭)‬.
Phonetic: Pro-rah-fid-e-ah.
Named By: O.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Martynova -‭ ‬1947.
Classification: Arthropoda,‭ ‬Insecta,‭ ‬Raphidioptera,‭ ‬Mesoraphidiidae.
Species: P.‭ ‬turkestanica‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬gomezi,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬hopkinsi.
Diet: Insectivore.
Size: Forewings up to‭ ‬13‭ ‬millimetres long.
Known locations: England‭ ‬-‭ ‬Lower Weald Clay Formation.‭ ‬Kazakstan‭ ‬-‭ ‬Karabastau Formation.‭ ‬Spain.
Time period: Callovian of the Jurassic through to Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Several individuals.‭

       Proraphidia is a genus of snakefly that lived during the Mesozoic.‭ ‬The first specimen discovered in Kazakstan was determined to come‭ ‬from‭ ‬a deposit Mid Jurassic in age,‭ ‬but later discoveries in England and Spain have revealed that the Proraphidia genus survived all the way to the Early Cretaceous.‭ ‬As a snakefly Proraphidia would have been a predator of other small insects.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Dve novykh verblyudki‭ (‬Raphidioptera‭) ‬iz Yurskikh slantsev Kara-Tau.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR‭ ‬56‭(‬6‭)‬:635-637.‭ ‬-‭ ‬O.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Martynova‭ ‬-‭ ‬1947.
-‭ ‬Two new species of snakefly‭ (‬Insecta:‭ ‬Raphidioptera‭) ‬from the Lower Cretaceous of England and Spain with a review of other fossil raphidiopterans from the Jurassic/Cretaceous transition.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Alavesia‭ ‬2:193-201.‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Jepson‭ & ‬E.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Jarzembowski‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.


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