Baltic amber (Halle 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: Hallischen Sammlung (possibly University of Halle-Wittenberg)

Primary reference: E. F. Germar. 1813. Insecten in Bernstein eingeschlossen, beschrieben aus dem academischen Mineralien-Cabinet zu Halle. Magazin der Entomologie 1:11-18 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 147349: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 07.07.2013

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Insecta
 Blattodea - Rhinotermitidae
"Hemerobites antiquus n. gen. n. sp." = Reticulitermes antiquus, "Termes obscurus n. sp." = Reticulitermes antiquus1
"Hemerobites antiquus n. gen. n. sp." = Reticulitermes antiquus Germar 1813 termite
"Termes obscurus n. sp." = Reticulitermes antiquus1 Germar 1813 termite
 Blattodea - Kalotermitidae
"Termes girardi n. sp." = Electrotermes girardi1
"Termes girardi n. sp." = Electrotermes girardi1 Giebel 1856 termite
 Blattodea - Blattoidae
Blattina succinea n. gen. n. sp.
Blattina succinea n. gen. n. sp. Germar 1813 cockroach
 Coleoptera - Leiodidae
Ptomaphagus germari n. sp.2 von Schlechtendal 1888 round fungus beetle
Part of Germar's Mordellina inclusa
 Coleoptera - Mordellidae
"Mordellina inclusa n. gen. n. sp." = Mordella inclusa
"Mordellina inclusa n. gen. n. sp." = Mordella inclusa Germar 1813 tumbling flower beetle
 Coleoptera - Curculionidae
"Hylesinites electrinus n. gen. n. sp." = Hylurgops electrinus
"Hylesinites electrinus n. gen. n. sp." = Hylurgops electrinus Germar 1813 bark beetle
 Coleoptera - Carabidae
"Lebina resinata n. gen. n. sp." = Dromius resinatus
"Lebina resinata n. gen. n. sp." = Dromius resinatus Germar 1813 ground beetle
 Coleoptera -
Criocerina pristina n. gen. n. sp.
Criocerina pristina n. gen. n. sp. Germar 1813 beetle
specimen lost, according to von Schlechtendal, 1888
 Trichoptera - Polycentropodidae
"Phryganeolitha vetusta n. gen. n. sp." = Holocentropus vetustus
"Phryganeolitha vetusta n. gen. n. sp." = Holocentropus vetustus Germar 1813 caddisfly