Baltic amber (Leipzig University 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: Repository: Leipzig University

Primary reference: C. G. Giebel. 1856. Die Insecten und Spinnen der Vorwelt mit steter Berücksichtigung der lebenden Insekten und Spinnen. Die Fauna der Vorwelt 2:1-511 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 147344: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 07.07.2013

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Insecta
 Hymenoptera - Formicidae
Formica lucida n. sp. Giebel 1856 ant
 Hymenoptera - Ichneumonidae
Pimpla succini n. sp. Giebel 1856 ichneumon wasp
 Coleoptera - Elateridae
Elater naumanni n. sp. Giebel 1856 click beetle
 Coleoptera - Cerambycidae
Spondylis crassicornis n. sp. Giebel 1856 longhorned beetle
 Coleoptera - Chrysomelidae
Chrysomela succini n. sp. Giebel 1856 leaf beetle
 Coleoptera - Carabidae
"Bembidium succini n. sp." = Bembidion succini
"Bembidium succini n. sp." = Bembidion succini Giebel 1856 ground beetle
 Diptera - Chironomidae
Chironomus microcephalus n. sp. Giebel 1856 non biting midge
Chironomus brevirostris n. sp. Giebel 1856 non biting midge
 Diptera - Ceratopogonidae
Ceratopogon escheri n. sp. Giebel 1856 biting midge
 Diptera - Empididae
Empis poeppigi n. sp., Thirza naumanni n. gen. n. sp.
Empis poeppigi n. sp. Giebel 1856 dagger fly
Thirza naumanni n. gen. n. sp. Giebel 1856 dagger fly
 Diptera - Dolichopodidae
Chrysotus setosus n. sp. Giebel 1856 long-legged fly
 Diptera - Mycetophilidae
Sciophila socialis n. sp. Giebel 1856 fungus gnat
Sciophila atra n. sp. Giebel 1856 fungus gnat
 Diptera - Limoniidae
"Limnobia deleta n. sp." = Limonia deleta
"Limnobia deleta n. sp." = Limonia deleta Giebel 1856 crane fly
 Diptera - Tipulidae
"Limnobia furcata n. sp." = Limnophila furcata
"Limnobia furcata n. sp." = Limnophila furcata Giebel 1856 crane fly
Arachnida
 Araneae - Salticidae
"Gorgopsis naumanni n. sp." = Gorgopsina naumanni
"Gorgopsis naumanni n. sp." = Gorgopsina naumanni Giebel 1856 spider
 Araneae - Hersiliidae
Hersilia longipes n. sp. Giebel 1856 tree trunk spider
 Araneae - Theridiidae
Thyelia mengei n. sp. Giebel 1856 cobweb spider