Explanation of Names
Dinokanaga : deino (from Greek, terrible, monstrous), refers to large size of Dinosaurs, as well as to Dinopanorpidae; and okanaga , a reference to the Okanagan Highlands.
The genus Dinokanaga contains six species, all extinct
A genus of extinct large Mecoptera found in North America (see paleodistribution below).
Though similar in wing venation throughout this genus, wing morphology differs sufficiently to preclude lumping into fewer species. The larger species have cross veins which are developed into a dense reticulation throughout the wing. The smaller species show cross veins which create a net of pentagonal spaces separated by zig-zag cross vein elements. This vein development is fundamentally different from that of extant species such as Merope , Austromerope , and Notiothauma . Full specimens show the extended rostrum typical of Scorpionflies.
Paleodistribution for Dinokanaga : has been found at five sites ranging from northeastern Washington State, USA, to the Central Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada.
Please see family page for a description of paleohabitat: Dinopanorpidae
All information based on Archibald, S.B. (2005); see reference below.
Archibald, S.B. Feb 2005. New Dinopanorpidae (Insecta: Mecoptera) from the Eocene Okanogan Highlands (British Columbia, Canada and Washington State, USA). Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, vol.42, 2:119-136.