El-Dabsheh, Lebanese amber (Azar coll) (Cretaceous of Lebanon)

Where: Lebanon (34.3° N, 36.0° E: paleocoordinates 9.6° N, 32.3° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Barremian (129.4 - 125.0 Ma)

• Amber found in three intervals in the upper part of the Grès du Liban, dated to early or late Barremian based on stratigraphic position relative to marker beds "Banc de Mrejatt" and pisolitic interval. Age based on benthic foraminifera, calcareous algae, and charophytes. Marker beds are only present in certain regions of central and southern Lebanon, so the precise age of the El-Dabsheh outcrop is uncertain (Maksoud et al., 2016).

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; amber

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils, microfossils

Preservation: soft parts, original chitin, original carbon, amber

Collected by Dany Azar; reposited in the AMNH

Collection methods: quarrying,

• Provisionally deposited in Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (MNHN).

Primary reference: I. Veltz, D. Azar, and A. Nel. 2007. New chironomid flies in Early Cretaceous Lebanese amber (Diptera: Chironomidae). African Invertebrates 48:169-191 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 124617: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 20.02.2012

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Taxonomic list

 Hemiptera - Perforissidae
Aafrita biladalshama2 Szwedo and Azar 2013 planthopper
Azar DAB-2A
 Diptera - Chironomidae
Libanochlites neocomicus Brundin 1976 non biting midge
Azar DAB 6B
 Diptera - Ceratopogonidae
"Protoculicoides punctus" = Gerontodacus punctus1
"Protoculicoides punctus" = Gerontodacus punctus1 Borkent 2000 biting midge
Azar DAB-1