Grube Messel Pit (Museum Darmstadt Collection): MP 11, Germany

List of taxa
Where & when
Geology
Taphonomy & methods
Metadata & references
Taxonomic list
Insecta - Hemiptera
Fulgoroidea indet. Latreille 1807
Szwedo and Wappler 2006 1 specimen
HLMD-Me-13412 (1 measurement)
Insecta - Hemiptera - Lophopidae
Baninus thuringiorum n. gen., n. sp. Szwedo and Wappler 2006
Szwedo and Wappler 2006 1 specimen
HLMD-Me-13162 (2 measurements)
Insecta - Hemiptera - Eurybrachidae
Amalaberga ostrogothiorum n. gen., n. sp. Szwedo and Wappler 2006
Szwedo and Wappler 2006 1 specimen
HLMD-Me-13193 (2 measurements)
Insecta - Hemiptera - Lygaeidae
Lygaeidae indet. Schilling 1829
Kinzelbach 1970 2 specimens
HLMD Me 7425, 7410 (1 measurement)
Insecta - Hemiptera - Cydnidae
Cydnopsis informal sp. 2 Heer 1853
6 specimens
(2 measurements)
    = Cydnopsis nana n. sp. Kinzelbach 1970
Kinzelbach 1970
HLMD Me 874, 1275, 7423, 7420, 7421, 7422
Cydnopsis informal sp. 1 Heer 1853
11 specimens
(1 measurement)
    = Cydnopsis meunieri n. sp. Kinzelbach 1970
Kinzelbach 1970
HLMD Me 7416, 1001, 818, 7418/7409, 7411, 7412, 7413, 7414, 7415, 7417, 7419
Insecta - Hemiptera - Reduviidae
Amphibolus disponsi n. sp. Kinzelbach 1970
Kinzelbach 1970 1 specimen
HLMD Me 7424 (1 measurement)
Insecta - Blattodea - Blattidae
Blattidae indet. Latreille 1810
6 specimens
(1 measurement)
Periplaneta relicta n. sp. Meunier 1921
39 specimens
(2 measurements)
Periplaneta eocaenica n. sp. Meunier 1921
5 specimens
(1 measurement)
Insecta - Hymenoptera - Formicidae
Formicium giganteum Lutz 1986
Lutz 1986 1 specimen
recombined as Titanomyrma gigantea
Me 7194
Formicium simillimum Lutz 1986
Lutz 1986 1 specimen
recombined as Titanomyrma simillima
Me 590
Insecta - Coleoptera - Buprestidae
Eurythyrea sp. Dejean 1833
1 specimen
(1 measurement)
Ancylochira eocaenica n. sp. Meunier 1921
10 specimens
HLMD Me 1082, 937, 1225, 1338, 593, 1182, 4090, 1393, 925, 927 (2 measurements)
Ancylochira agilis n. sp. Meunier 1921
20 specimens
(2 measurements)
Perotis messelensis n. sp. Meunier 1921
7 specimens
(2 measurements)
Sphenoptera metallica n. sp. Meunier 1921
1 specimen
(2 measurements)
Sphenoptera eocaenica n. sp. Meunier 1921
1 specimen
(2 measurements)
Insecta - Coleoptera - Elateridae
Ancylochira minuta n. sp. Meunier 1921
15 specimens
recombined as Macropunctum minutum
HLMD Me 1206, 1276, 1124 (2 measurements)
Ancylochira prompta n. sp. Meunier 1921
10 specimens
recombined as Macropunctum promptum
(4 measurements)
Insecta - Coleoptera - Hydrophilidae
Hydrobiomorpha eopalpalis Fikáček et al. 2010
Fikáček et al. 2010 1 specimen
HLMD Me 14729 (2 measurements)
Hydrophilus sp. Geoffroy 1762
Fikáček et al. 2010 1 specimen
HLMD Me 11596 (2 measurements)
Insecta - Coleoptera - Trogossitidae
Trogossita eocaenica n. sp. Meunier 1921
2 specimens
(2 measurements)
Insecta - Coleoptera - Chrysomelidae
Lina titana n. sp. Meunier 1921
10 specimens
recombined as Chrysomela titana
(2 measurements)
Insecta - Coleoptera - Geotrupidae
Geotrupes messelensis n. sp. Meunier 1921
3 specimens
(2 measurements)
Insecta
Gymnopleurus eocaenicus n. sp. Meunier 1921
1 specimen
nomen dubium belonging to Insecta
(2 measurements)
see common names

Geography
Country:Germany State/province:Hessen
Coordinates: 49.9° North, 8.8° East (view map)
Paleocoordinates:46.9° North, 4.8° East
Basis of coordinate:based on nearby landmark
Geographic resolution:small collection
Time
Period:Paleogene Epoch:Eocene
Stage:Lutetian 10 m.y. bin:Cenozoic 2
Key time interval:MP 11
Age range of interval:48.60000 - 40.40000 m.y. ago
Stratigraphy
Formation:Messel
Stratigraphic resolution:bed
Stratigraphy comments: "lower Middle Eocene, lower-most Geiseltalian, Mammal Paleogene level 11… .575 to .77 m above local stratigraphic marker Alpha."
Lithology and environment
Primary lithology:planar lamination lithified claystone
Lithology description: "The fossils are embedded in darkly coloured, finely laminated claystone sediments rich in organic substances (‘oil shale’), which were deposited in a meromictic lake (e.g. Goth, 1990)."
Environment:crater lake Tectonic setting:volcanic basin
Geology comments: "A drilling project conducted in 2001 showed that the former Lake Messel was a maar lake, which is a small deep lake that had its origin in an explosive volcanic eruption. The former lake basin had an original diameter of about 1.5 km, and a depth of about 300–400 m (Harms, 2002; Felder & Harms, 2004)."
Taphonomy
Modes of preservation:body,adpression,soft parts
Lagerst�tten type:conservation
Size of fossils:macrofossils,mesofossils
Collection methods and comments
Collection methods:selective quarrying,survey of museum collection
Reason for describing collection:taxonomic analysis
Metadata
Database number:120036
Authorizer:M. Clapham Enterer:J. Karr, M. Clapham
Modifier:M. Clapham Research group:paleoentomology
Created:2011-11-06 12:16:03 Last modified:2014-08-06 22:47:49
Access level:the public Released:2011-11-06 12:16:03
Creative Commons license:CC BY
Reference information

Primary reference:

38439. F. Meunier. 1921. Die Insektenreste aus dem Lutetien von Messel bei Darmstadt. Abhandlungen der Hessischen geologischen Landesanstalt zu Darmstadt 7:2-15 [M. Clapham/J. Karr]

Secondary references:

54108 M. Fikáček, S. Wedmann, and H. Schmied. 2010. Diversification of the greater hydrophilines clade of giant water scavenger beetles dated back to the Middle Eocene (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Hydrophilina). Invertebrate Systematics 24:9-22 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham/M. Clapham]
52813 R. K. Kinzelbach. 1970. Wanzen aus dem eozänen Ölschiefer von Messel (Insecta: Heteroptera). Notizblatt des Hessischen Landesamtes für Bodenfoschung zu Wiesbaden 98:9-18 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]
44589 H. Lutz. 1986. Eine neue Unterfamilie der Formicidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) aus dem mittel-eozänen Ölschiefer der "Grube Messel" bei Darmstadt (Deutschland, S-Hessen). Senckenbergiana Lethaea 67:177-218 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham/M. Clapham]
51161 J. Szwedo and T. Wappler. 2006. New planthoppers (Insecta: Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha) from the middle Eocene Messel maar. Annales Zoologici 56:555-566 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]