Reconstruction of Dunbaria fascipennis, from here.

Belongs within: Palaeodictyoptera.

The Spilapteroidea were a group of palaeodictyopteran insects found from the Lower Carboniferous (including Delitzschala bitterfeldensis, one of the earliest known winged insects) to the mid-Permian.

Characters (from Sinitshenkova 2002): Wings wide basally; prothoracic winglets well-developed; veins not bent at base of wing; MA vein multibranched.

    |--Aenigmatidiidae S02
    |--Fouqueidae S02
    |--Homothetidae S02
    |--Lamproptilidae S02
    |--Mecynostomatidae S02
    `--Spilapteridae [Neuburgiidae] S02
         |--Delitzschala bitterfeldensis Brauckmann & Schneider 1995 S02, FT05
         |--Dunbaria fascipennis S02, GE05
         |--Paradunbaria pectinata S02
         `--Vorkutoneura variabilis S02


[FT05] Fayers, S. R., & N. H. Trewin. 2005. A hexapod from the Early Devonian Windyfield Chert, Rhynie, Scotland. Palaeontology 48 (5): 1117-1130.

[GE05] Grimaldi, D., & M. S. Engel. 2005. Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press: New York.

[S02] Sinitshenkova, N. D. 2002. Superorder Dictyoneuridea Handlirsch, 1906 (=Palaeodictyopteroidea). In History of Insects (A. P. Rasnitsyn & D. L. J. Quicke, eds) pp. 115-124. Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht.

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