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Daran Zheng
Chinese Academy of Sciences
36Publications
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#1Edmund A. Jarzembowski (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 17
#2Bo Wang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 33
Last.Daran Zheng (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 6
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Abstract A rare ommatine beetle, Notocupes ohmkuhnlei sp. nov. (Insecta: Coleoptera: Archostemata), is described in Kachin amber from northern Myanmar. It is the first notocupedin in amber to be described from the fossil record belonging to an extinct, Mesozoic-Palaeocene group of archaic reticulated beetles which are better known as impressions in the sedimentary rocks of Eurasia and East Gondwana. The new species belongs to Notocupes sensu lato with its pronounced serration, short mesofemur, l...
#1Daran Zheng (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 6
#2André Nel (University of Paris)H-Index: 15
Last.Bo Wang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 33
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Abstract A new true dragonfly, named Kachinaeshna zhuoi Zheng, Nel and Wang, gen. et sp. nov., is described from Cretaceous Burmese amber representing the second gomphaeschnaoidine from this deposit. Kachinaeshna Zheng, Nel and Wang, gen. nov. differs from other Gomphaeschnaoidinae in: the absence of an elongate distal paranal cell, directly basal of the anal loop, in the hindwing; a distinct curvature of RP2; and a curve of RP1 at the pterostigmal brace. The gomphaeschnaoidine dragonflies were ...
#1Daran Zheng (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 6
#2Gongle Shi (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 14
Last.Su-Chin Chang (HKU: University of Hong Kong)H-Index: 10
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Abstract Tropical rainforests have strongly influenced Earth systems throughout their evolutionary history. Plant taxa found in the Fotan Group of Fujian Province indicate that an Asian tropical rainforest prevailed in southeastern China during the Miocene. Abundant insect-bearing ambers co-occur with diagnostic plant fossils in outcrop. Fotan Group fossils demonstrate that highly diverse tropical ecosystems existed during the early Neogene in southeastern China. This study reports a robust 40 A...
#1Daran Zheng (HKU: University of Hong Kong)H-Index: 6
#2André Nel (University of Paris)H-Index: 15
Last.Bo Wang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 33
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The damselfly superfamily Coenagrionoidea is the largest zygopteran group, comprising three-fifths of all extant damselfly species. The Mesozoic fossil record of this superfamily is sparse, whilst it is relatively common in Burmese amber. A new coenagrionoid family, Burmacoenagrionidae Zheng et al., fam. nov., is established here based on four new species in three new genera: Burmacoenagrion pretiosus Zheng et al. gen. et sp. nov., Burmachistigma cheni Zheng et al. gen. et sp. nov., Electrocoena...
#1Daran Zheng (HKU: University of Hong Kong)H-Index: 6
#2Bo Wang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 33
Last.Su-Chin Chang (HKU: University of Hong Kong)H-Index: 10
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Odonatans are quite rare in the fossil record compared with the other insects, especially in Cretaceous amber inclusions. The extant family Platystictidae is one of the most diverse Zygoptera, but short of fossil records. In this paper, a new species, Mesosticta davidattenboroughi sp. nov., is described from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, representing the third-known fossil species of Platystictidae. Mesosticta davidattenboroughi sp. nov. has a long IR1 beginning one cell distal of the base of RP...
#1Daran ZhengH-Index: 6
#2André NelH-Index: 85
Last.Bo WangH-Index: 33
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Zheng, D., Nel, A., Jarzembowski, E.A., Chang, S.-C., Zhang, H. & Wang, B., 25 May 2018. Exceptionally well-preserved dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata) in Mexican amber. Alcheringa 43, 157–164.Dragonflies (odonatans) are comparatively rare as amber inclusions, and most are not well preserved on account of their size. Here, we report a single piece of Mexican amber with one complete dragonfly and two damselflies. The dragonfly is attributed to the extant gomphid Erpetogomphus Selys Longchamps, and t...
#1Daran Zheng (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 6
#2Tian Jiang (China University of Geosciences)H-Index: 2
Last.Bo Wang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 33
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Abstract True dragonflies are comparatively common in Burmese amber. Here, we describe a new gomphid dragonfly Paraburmagomphides zhaoi gen. et sp. nov., and establish a new family Paraburmagomphidae fam. nov. This family is placed in the clade ‘Oligophlebiata’ because it has a distinctly short CuAa with reduced pectinate branching (found in ‘Brevicubitalia’ and Burmagomphidae), and symmetrical RP branching at the midfork (developed in Hagenioidea and Burmagomphidae). Paraburmagomphidae are char...
#1Edmund A. Jarzembowski (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 17
#2Bo Wang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 33
Last.Daran Zheng (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 6
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Abstract A rare species of archaic beetle, Paraodontomma szwedoi sp. nov., is described in burmite from northern Myanmar. It belongs to an unusual extinct genus with numerous pointed teeth along the edge of the body. It is the smallest species in the genus and reveals a dorsal ornamentation not previously reported. The beetle is undoubtedly an ommatine, a now relict family group in the southern hemisphere, but belongs to the extinct Brochocoleini when archaic beetles were more diverse in the Cre...
#1Daran Zheng (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 6
#2Su-Chin Chang (HKU: University of Hong Kong)H-Index: 10
Last.Qingqing Zhang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 6
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Insect faunas are extremely rare near the latest Cretaceous with a 24-million-year gap spanning from the early Campanian to the early Eocene. Here, we report a unique amber biota from the Upper Cretaceous (uppermost Campanian ~72.1 Ma) of Tilin, central Myanmar. The chemical composition of Tilin amber suggests a tree source among conifers, indicating that gymnosperms were still abundant in the latest Campanian equatorial forests. Eight orders and 12 families of insects have been found in Tilin a...
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