Dominican Amber (NHML/BMNH collection) (Miocene to of Dominican Republic)

Where: Dominican Republic (19.6° N, 70.8° W: paleocoordinates 19.4° N, 69.6° W)

• coordinate based on political unit

• basin-level geographic resolution

When: Burdigalian to Burdigalian (20.4 - 13.8 Ma)

• Age controversial, with the youngest proposed age of 20-15 mya based on foraminifera and the oldest as 45-30 mya based on coccoliths. Most of the amber is secondarily deposited in turbiditic sandstones.

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; amber

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: soft parts, original chitin, amber

Collection methods: Specimens kept in the Natural History Museum of London (British Museum of Natural History); Bob Rontaler (Goldmajor Ltd) supplied some of these specimens

Primary reference: R. H. L. Disney and A. J. Ross. 1996. Abaristophora and Puliciphora (Diptera: Phoridae) from Dominican amber and revisionary notes on modern species. European Journal of Entomology 93:127-135 [M. Clapham/J. Karr]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 123422: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Jered Karr on 21.01.2012, edited by Amy Delelli, Matthew Clapham and Anissa Benabbas

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Taxonomic list

Insecta
 Hemiptera - Kinnaridae
Oeclidius salaco n. sp.5 Emeljanov and Shcherbakov 2000 planthopper
NHM Pal. PI II 351(1)
Quilessa stolida n. sp.5 Emeljanov and Shcherbakov 2000 planthopper
NHM Pal. PI II 60
 Hemiptera - Derbidae
Dysimia imprudens n. sp.5 Emeljanov and Shcherbakov 2000 planthopper
NHM Pal. PI II 61
Cedusa credula n. sp.5 Emeljanov and Shcherbakov 2000 planthopper
NHM Pal. PI II 58
Anticedusa dominicana n. sp.4 Emeljanov 2008 planthopper
BMNH Pal. PI II 542
 Hemiptera - Nogodinidae
Tainosia quisqueyae n. gen. n. sp.14
Tainosia quisqueyae n. gen. n. sp.14 Szwedo and Stroinski 2001 planthopper
BMNH Pal. PI II 6
 Blattodea - Termitidae
Constrictotermes electroconstrictus11 Krishna 1996 termite
BMNH In. 64610
 Orthoptera - Gryllidae
Proanaxipha madgesuttonae n. sp.8 Heads and Penney 2012 true crickets
NHM II 3048
 Hymenoptera - Vespidae
Agelaia electra2 Carpenter and Grimaldi 1997 wasp
Pl II 320
 Hymenoptera - Formicidae
Odontomachus pseudobauri n. sp.3 de Andrade 1994 ant
Anochetus intermedius n. sp.3 de Andrade 1994 ant
 Hymenoptera - Apidae
Proplebeia abdita n. sp.6 Greco and Engel 2011 stingless bee
NHM II 3044
 Hymenoptera - Eulophidae
Chrysonotomyia dominicana n. sp.7 Gumovsky 2001 chalcid wasp
BMNH Pal. PI II 335 (purch. M. McCallum 1993)
Achrysocharoides sp.7 Girault 1913 chalcid wasp
BMNH Pal. PI II 437 (2) (purch. M. McCallum 1993)
 Diptera - Phoridae
Puliciphora rontaleri n. sp. Disney 1996 scuttle fly
NHML II 536 3 males in the same piece of amber
Abaristophora (Antipodiphora) domicamberae n. sp. Disney 1996 scuttle fly
NHML II 214 male & female in same piece of amber
 Diptera - Sciaridae
Corynoptera iocosa12 Mohrig and Röschmann 2005 dark-winged fungus gnat
BMNH Pal. PI II 184, 655-(1)
Corynoptera prisca n. sp.12 Mohrig and Röschmann 2005 dark-winged fungus gnat
BMNH Pal. PI II 652-(2), 182, 646, 649
Cratyna interposita n. sp.12 Mohrig and Röschmann 2005 dark-winged fungus gnat
BMNH Pal. PI II 370(1)
Bradysia dimidiata12 Mohrig and Röschmann 2005 dark-winged fungus gnat
BMNH Pal. PI II 181
Bradysia exoleta12 Mohrig and Röschmann 2005 dark-winged fungus gnat
BMNH Pal. PI II 180
 Diptera - Limoniidae
Toxorhina (Ceratocheilus) mexicana n. sp.10 Kopeć et al. 2016 crane fly
NHMUK PI II 1870
 Diptera - Scatopsidae
Procolobostema roseni1 Amorim 1998 minute black scavenger fly
 Trichoptera - Hydropsychidae
Palaehydropsyche fossilis n. gen. n. sp.15
Palaehydropsyche fossilis n. gen. n. sp.15 Wichard 1986 net-spinning caddisfly
BMNH In. 64598
Arachnida
 Araneae - Oonopidae
"Oonops seldeni n. sp." = Stenoonops seldeni13
"Oonops seldeni n. sp." = Stenoonops seldeni13 Penney 2000 goblin spider
NHM PI IA 20
 Pseudoscorpiones - Sternophoridae
Idiogaryops pumilus9 Hoff 1963 pseudoscorpion
BMNH Pal JA 43