Baltic Amber, Vitali collection (Eocene of Russian Federation)

Where: Kaliningrad, Russian Federation (54.9° N, 19.9° E: paleocoordinates 53.9° N, 15.2° E)

• local area-level geographic resolution

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, microfossils

Preservation: amber

Collection methods: surface (float)

• Repository: private collection of F. Vitali

Primary reference: F. Vitali. 2004. Pseudosieversia europaea new species from Baltic amber (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Lepturinae). Les Cahiers Magellanes 35:1-8 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 138000: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 02.01.2013

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Insecta
 Coleoptera - Ptinidae
Ptinus (Gynopterus) inclusus n. sp.1 Bellés and Vitali 2007 spider beetle
ex. coll. P. Rüdel B-1189
Sucinoptinus sucini n. gen. n. sp.1 Bellés and Vitali 2007 spider beetle
ex. coll. A. Gorski (Poland, Baltic Coast)
 Coleoptera - Cantharidae
Mimoplatycis bicolor n. sp.2 Fanti and Vitali 2017 soldier beetle
ex coll. C. Gröhn D1748
Malthodes caenozoicus n. sp.2 Fanti and Vitali 2017 soldier beetle
ex coll. W. Lewita G109
 Coleoptera - Biphyllidae
Diplocoelus probiphyllus n. sp.6 Vitali 2010 false skin beetle
ex. coll. M. Veta (Lithuania)
 Coleoptera - Cerambycidae
Mesalocerus tetropoides n. gen. n. sp.8 Vitali 2015 longhorned beetle
FS59BS33 (ex coll. C. Martin)
Nothorhina granulicollis4 Zang 1905 longhorned beetle
FS4B4, FS17B16, FS7B7, FS19B17, FS6B6, FS9B9, FS10B10
Saphanites mirabilis n. gen. n. sp.7 Vitali 2011 longhorned beetle
FS46B27 (ex coll. M. Veta, Lithuania)
Paracorymbia antiqua n. sp.3 Vitali 2005 longhorned beetle
ex. coll. C. Gröhn
"Pseudosieversia europaea n. sp." = Trichosieversia europaea Vitali 2004 longhorned beetle
ex.coll. E. Probst; 1 ex coll. C. Gröhn in Vitali, 2005, 1 ex. coll J. Velten in Vitali, 2009
Encyclopidonia punctatissima n. gen. n. sp.5 Vitali 2009 longhorned beetle
FS39B24 (ex coll P. Cardwell A8137)
Tillomorphites robustus n. gen. n. sp.7 Vitali 2011 longhorned beetle
FS47B28 (ex coll. M. Veta, Lithuania)
Tillomorphites spinipes n. sp.9 Vitali 2017 longhorned beetle
FS56BS30 (ex coll. M. Veta)
Tillomorphites otiliae n. sp.9 Vitali 2017 longhorned beetle
FS65BS35, FS70BS39 (ex coll. M. Veta)
Procleomenes gouverneuri n. sp.10 Vitali 2018 longhorned beetle
FS71BS40 (ex coll. J. Damzen)
Protachryson pomeranicum n. gen. n. sp.7 Vitali 2011 longhorned beetle
FS45B26 (ex coll. D. Balsatis, Lithuania)
Necydalis (Necydalisca) zangi n. sp.7 Vitali 2011 longhorned beetle
FS48B29 (ex coll. M. Veta, Lithuania)