Baltic amber (V.A. Gusakov collection) (Eocene of Russian Federation)

Where: Kaliningrad, Russian Federation (54.9° N, 19.9° E: paleocoordinates 53.9° N, 15.2° E)

When: Priabonian (38.0 - 33.9 Ma)

• According to Aleksandrova and Zaporozhets (2008), the higher parts of the Prussian Formation (including the Blaue Erde or Blue Earth) belong to the Charlesdowniea clathrata angulosa dinocyst Zone. Based on its index species, this zone is concurrent to Zone W13 established in the Parisian basin (Châteauneuf and Gruas-Cavagnetto 1978), where it is correlated with nannoplankton zones NP18–NP21 (Powell, 1992) of the Priabonian. In the Paleogene zonation of northwestern Europe, the first occurrence of Thalassiphora fenestrata is designated at the base of the dinocyst Subzone D12b (36.20 +/- 0.1 Ma), which is correlated with zones NP18 (terminal part)–NP20 of the Priabonian (Luterbacher et al., 2004).

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; amber

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: amber

Collection methods: Material in the private collection of V.A. Gusakov

Primary reference: A. F. Emeljanov and D. E. Shcherbakov. 2009. New planthoppers of the tribe Achilini (Homoptera, Fulgoroidea, Achilidae) from Baltic amber. Paleontological Journal 43:1008-1018 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 124951: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 01.03.2012

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Hemiptera - Achilidae
Protomenocria notata Emeljanov and Shcherbakov 2009 achilid planthopper
 Blattodea - Ectobiidae
Ectobius balticus4 Germar and Berendt 1856 cockroach
Gusakov VI-008
 Hymenoptera - Formicidae
Yantaromyrmex geinitzi2 Mayr 1868 ant
Procerapachys annosus1 Wheeler 1915 ant
no 6 (7 males in one piece)
 Coleoptera - Anthribidae
Glaesotropis (Glaesotropis) gusakovi n. sp.3 Legalov 2015 fungus weevil
CVGM 026C12
Glaesotropis (Glaesotropis) succiniferus n. sp.3 Legalov 2015 fungus weevil
CVGM 028C13
 Coleoptera - Brentidae
Melanapion (Melanapionoides) gusakovi n. sp.3 Legalov 2015 weevil
CVGM 023C96