Sicilian amber (Catania coll) (Miocene of Italy)

Where: Italy (37.4° N, 15.1° E: paleocoordinates 37.1° N, 14.8° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Late/Upper Miocene (11.6 - 5.3 Ma)

• Some propose an Oligocene age, or Upper Miocene to perhaps Pliocene. Found in place in Upper Miocene to Lower Pliocene sediments of central Sicily (Kohring & Schluter, 1989).

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; amber

Size class: mesofossils

Preservation: original chitin, amber

Collected by Maravigna

• Repository: Museum of Catania

Primary reference: F. E. Guérin-Méneville. 1838. Note sur la lettre de M. Maravigna sur les insectes trouvés dans l'ambre de la Sicile. Revue Zoologique, par La Société Cuverienne 1838:168-170 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 153942: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 20.01.2014

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Taxonomic list

 Coleoptera - Scraptiidae
Scraptia ovata n. sp. Guérin-Méneville 1838 false flower beetle
Anaspis antica n. sp. Guérin-Méneville 1838 false flower beetle
 Coleoptera - Curculionidae
Platypus maravignae n. sp. Guérin-Méneville 1838 ambrosia beetle