Rancho La Brea, Pit A (LACMIP 88) (Pleistocene of the United States)

Where: Los Angeles County, California (34.1° N, 118.4° W: paleocoordinates 34.1° N, 118.4° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Rancholabrean (0.3 - 0.0 Ma)

• "These excavations all included a Late Pleistocene biota, but assignment of exact ages is impossible in most cases because most of the Pierce beetle specimens are without stratigraphic data."

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: tar; poorly lithified tar

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Reposited in the LACM

Primary reference: W. D. Pierce. 1946. Fossil arthropods of California 11. Descriptions of the dung beetles (Scarabaeidae) of the tar pits. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 45:119-131 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 152007: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 02.11.2013

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Taxonomic list

 Hymenoptera - Formicidae
Veromessor andrei7 Mayr 1886 ant
 Coleoptera - Silphidae
"Nicrophorus guttulus" = Nicrophorus guttula5, "Nicrophorus marginatus" = Nicrophorus marginatus4, "Nicrophorus obtusiscutellum n. sp." = Nicrophorus marginatus5, "Nicrophorus mckittricki" = Nicrophorus marginatus5, Nicrophorus nigrita4, "Silpha (Heterosilpha) ramosa" = Heterosilpha ramosa5, "Silpha (Thanatophilus) lapponica" = Thanatophilus lapponicus5
"Nicrophorus guttulus" = Nicrophorus guttula5 Motschulsky 1845 carrion beetle
3 ssp. guttulus lajollae, 1 ssp. punctostriatus
"Nicrophorus marginatus" = Nicrophorus marginatus4 Fabricius 1801 carrion beetle
Nicrophorus guttulus labreae
"Nicrophorus obtusiscutellum n. sp." = Nicrophorus marginatus5 Fabricius 1801 carrion beetle
"Nicrophorus mckittricki" = Nicrophorus marginatus5 Fabricius 1801 carrion beetle
Nicrophorus nigrita4 Mannerheim 1843 carrion beetle
ssp. alpha
"Silpha (Heterosilpha) ramosa" = Heterosilpha ramosa5 Say 1823 carrion beetle
"Silpha (Thanatophilus) lapponica" = Thanatophilus lapponicus5 Herbst 1793 carrion beetle
 Coleoptera - Zopheridae
"Phloeodes pustulosus" = Phloeodes diabolicus6, "Noserus plicatus" = Phloeodes plicatus3
"Phloeodes pustulosus" = Phloeodes diabolicus6 LeConte 1851 ironclad beetle
"Noserus plicatus" = Phloeodes plicatus3 LeConte 1859 ironclad beetle
 Coleoptera - Tenebrionidae
Apsena pubescens7 LeConte 1851 darkling beetle
Apsena laticornis7 Casey 1891 darkling beetle
Coniontis elliptica8 Casey 1884 darkling beetle
Coniontis robusta8 Horn 1870 darkling beetle
"Coniontis abdominalis" = Coniontis abdominalis8 LeConte 1859 darkling beetle
ssp. caseyi (S9063, C172a, S9064)
"Coniontis abdominalis" = Coniontis abdominalis3 LeConte 1859 darkling beetle
ssp. paraelliptica (S9084); ssp. interrupta (S9088)
"Coniontis abdominalis" = Coniontis abdominalis3 LeConte 1859 darkling beetle
ssp. alpha (S9075)
"Coniontis rugosa" = Coniontis abdominalis8 LeConte 1859 darkling beetle
Coniontis lamentabilis8 Blaisdell 1924 darkling beetle
Nyctoporis carinata6 LeConte 1851 darkling beetle
 Coleoptera - Scarabaeidae
Copris pristinus n. sp. Pierce 1946 scarab beetle
LACMIP 2850 (=C49p), 2853-2878, 4329-4333
"Canthon simplex" = Canthon (Boreocanthon) simplex Le Conte 1857 scarab beetle
ssp. antiquus of Pierce; LACMIP 2594 (=C114d), 2595-2597 (=C114a-c)
 Strigiformes - Strigidae
Oraristrix brea1 Howard 1933 Brea owl
 Passeriformes - Fringillidae
"Hesperiphona vespertina" = Coccothraustes vespertinus2, Spinus tristis2
"Hesperiphona vespertina" = Coccothraustes vespertinus2 Cooper 1825 evening grosbeak
Spinus tristis2 Linnaeus 1758 American goldfinch
 Passeriformes - Passerellidae
Amphispiza bilineata2 Cassin 1850 black-throated sparrow
Pipilo angelensis n. sp.2 Dawson 1948 towhee
Pipilo maculatus2 Swainson 1827 spotted towhee
Pooecetes gramineus2 Gmelin 1789 vesper sparrow
Passerella iliaca2 Merrem 1786 fox sparrow
"Pipilo fuscus" = Melozone fusca2 Swainson 1827 canyon towhee
Zonotrichia leucophrys2 Forster 1772 white-crowned sparrow
Spizella sp.2 Bonaparte 1832 new world sparrow
Chondestes grammacus2 Say 1823 lark sparrow
Melospiza melodia2 Wilson 1810 song sparrow
 Passeriformes - Cardinalidae
Pheucticus melanocephalus2 Swainson 1827 black-headed grosbeak