Eckfeld Maar (NHMN 1997 collection) (Eocene of Germany)

Where: Eifel, Germany (50.1° N, 6.8° E: paleocoordinates 47.0° N, 2.9° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: MP 13 zone, Eifel Formation, MP 13 (48.6 - 40.4 Ma)

• The Eifel is the German part of the outcropping Variscan Basement west of the river Rhine and nort of the river Mosel.

•"MP 13... recently dated at 44.3 +/- 0.4 million years BP (Mertz et al. 2000)" (Franzen 2004)

•Insects come mostly from teo horizons near marker horizon HT & KaLH

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: crater lake; siltstone and shale

• "a small freshwater [crater] lake a few hundred meters in diameter" (Franzen 2004)
• ...laminitic "oilshales" and siltstones... with frequent turbiditic intercalations... plant macrofossils are ... distributed throughout the sequence under investigation. ... coarse and robust plant debris such as wood fragments and large fruits/seeds is concentrated in the turbiditic layers. (Wilde and Frankenhauser 1998).

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: mold/impression, adpression, original carbon

Collected in 1997

Collection methods: quarrying, surface (in situ),

• Repository: Nautrhistorisches Museum Mainz

Primary reference: T. Wappler. 2003. Systematik, Phylogenie, Taphonomie und Paläoökologie der Insekten aus dem Mittel-Eozän des Eckfelder Maares, Vulkaneifel. Clausthaler Geowissenschaften 2:1-241 [M. Clapham/J. Karr]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 135640: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Jered Karr on 30.10.2012, edited by Matthew Clapham

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Hemiptera - Fulgoridae
Fulgoridae indet. Latreille 1807 fulgorid planthopper
PE1997/39 a+b; PE1997/47 a+b LS
 Hemiptera -
Membracoidea indet. Rafinesque 1815 true bug
PE1997/41 LS
 Psocodea - Menoponidae
Megamenopon rasnitsyni n. gen. n. sp.4
Megamenopon rasnitsyni n. gen. n. sp.4 Wappler et al. 2004 bird louse
NHMM PE1997/33.LS
 Blattodea - Mastotermitidae
Mastotermes krishnorum n. sp.3 Wappler and Engel 2006 termite
 Blattodea - Ectobiidae
"Blattellidae "indet. 1"" = Blattellinae, "Blattellidae "indet. 2"" = Blattellinae
"Blattellidae "indet. 1"" = Blattellinae Karny 1908 cockroach
PE 1997/60
"Blattellidae "indet. 2"" = Blattellinae Karny 1908 cockroach
 Hymenoptera - Formicidae
Gesomyrmex germanicus n. sp.2 Dlussky et al. 2009 ant
Oecophylla eckfeldiana1 Dlussky et al. 2008 weaver ant
 Hymenoptera - Apidae
Electrapis electrapoides Lutz 1993 bee
PE1997/20 LS
 Coleoptera - Buprestidae
"Coroebini "indet. 2"" = Coraebini, "Coroebini "indet. 4"" = Coraebini
"Coroebini "indet. 2"" = Coraebini Bedel 1921 jewel beetle
PE1997/17 a+b
"Coroebini "indet. 4"" = Coraebini Bedel 1921 jewel beetle
PE1997/19 a+b
 Coleoptera - Staphylinidae
Staphylinidae indet. Latreille 1802 rove beetle
 Coleoptera - Cleridae
Cleridae indet. Latreille 1802 checkered beetle
 Coleoptera - Cerambycidae
Cerambycidae "indet. 2" Latreille 1802 longhorned beetle
 Coleoptera - Chrysomelidae
Alticinae indet. Newman 1834 flea beetle
 Coleoptera - Brentidae
? Trachelizini "indet. 1" Lacordaire 1865 weevil