Baltic amber, Fabrizio Fanti collection (Eocene of Russian Federation)

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

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• basin-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

Preservation: amber

Collection methods: Repository: Fabrizio Fanti (Piazze, Siena, Italy) amber collection

Primary reference: F. Fanti. 2017. New fossil Cantharidae genus and species from Baltic amber (Insecta Coleoptera). Giornale Italiano di Entomologia 14:709-714 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 185560: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 28.04.2017

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Insecta
 Coleoptera - Cantharidae
Malthodes (Malthodes) meriae n. sp. Fanti 2018 soldier beetle
BaA03RU
Michalskantharis bursztynica n. gen. n. sp. Fanti 2017 soldier beetle
BaA01PL