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New mantises (Insecta: Mantodea) in Cretaceous ambers from Lebanon, Spain, and Myanmar

Published on May 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 2.12
· DOI :10.1016/j.cretres.2015.11.001
Xavier Delclòs18
Estimated H-index: 18
(University of Barcelona),
Enrique Peñalver17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)
+ 4 AuthorsAndrew J. Ross17
Estimated H-index: 17
(National Museums Scotland)
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Abstract
Diverse new material of mantises found in the Cretaceous amber-bearing deposits from Lebanon (Barremian), Spain (Albian), and Myanmar (Albian–Cenomanian) are described and figured. The Lebanese and Spanish forms are nymphs; while the one from Myanmar is an adult specimen. The Lebanese nymph corresponds to a new specimen of Burmantis lebanensis Grimaldi, 2003 while the adult Burmese (Myanmar) specimen belongs to the new species Burmantis zherikhini. The Spanish specimen represents a new genus and species and is established as Aragonimantis aenigma, but is considered family incertae sedis. The Spanish specimen is the first record of Mesozoic mantises from western-European amber deposits. A revised phylogenetic hypothesis for Cretaceous mantises is proposed.
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Published on Mar 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Michael S. Engel36
Estimated H-index: 36
(KU: University of Kansas),
Diying Huang18
Estimated H-index: 18
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
+ 3 AuthorsMabel Alvarado4
Estimated H-index: 4
(KU: University of Kansas)
Abstract A second Mesozoic twisted-wing parasite (Strepsiptera) is described and figured based on an exceptionally well-preserved male in mid-Cretaceous (Cenomanian) amber from northern Myanmar. Phthanoxenos nervosus Engel and Huang, gen. et sp. nov., is distinguished from other strepsipteran lineages, particularly the contemporaneous Cretostylops engeli Grimaldi and Kathirithamby, also in Burmese amber, and Protoxenos janzeni Pohl et al. in mid-Eocene Baltic amber, and assigned to a new family,...
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Published on Mar 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Michael S. Engel36
Estimated H-index: 36
(KU: University of Kansas),
Diying Huang18
Estimated H-index: 18
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
+ 2 AuthorsMabel Alvarado4
Estimated H-index: 4
(KU: University of Kansas)
Abstract Two new genera and species of Cretaceous webspinners (Embiodea) are described and figured, both preserved in amber from northern Myanmar. Atmetoclothoda orthotenes Engel and Huang, gen. et sp. nov., is the first fossil representative of the putatively primitive family Clothodidae, and is segregated into its own subfamily, Atmetoclothodinae Engel and Huang, subfam. nov., owing to its primitive retention of a distinct mentum, a quadrate submentum with straight borders, a postocciptal sutu...
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Published on Sep 1, 2015in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Jason A. Dunlop10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Museum für Naturkunde),
Tharina L. Bird2
Estimated H-index: 2
+ 1 AuthorsGünter Bechly11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart)
Abstract The first camel spider (Arachnida, Solifugae) from the Upper Cretaceous (lowermost Cenomanian, ca. 99 Ma) Burmese amber from Myanmar is described as Cushingia ellenbergeri gen. et sp. nov. It represents one of only a handful of fossils belonging to this arachnid order, but its precise systematic affinities are difficult to resolve. It shares characters with Karschiidae, the subfamily Gylippinae among the Gylippidae and the subfamily Dinorhaxinae containing a single, monotypic genus Dino...
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Published on Jul 22, 2015in PLOS ONE 2.78
Frédéric Legendre13
Estimated H-index: 13
(University of Paris),
André Nel15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of Paris)
+ 3 AuthorsPhilippe Grandcolas27
Estimated H-index: 27
(University of Paris)
Understanding the origin and diversification of organisms requires a good phylogenetic estimate of their age and diversification rates. This estimate can be difficult to obtain when samples are limited and fossil records are disputed, as in Dictyoptera. To choose among competing hypotheses of origin for dictyopteran suborders, we root a phylogenetic analysis (~800 taxa, 10 kbp) within a large selection of outgroups and calibrate datings with fossils attributed to lineages with clear synapomorphi...
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Published on Jul 15, 2015in PLOS ONE 2.78
David B. Nicholson6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Ebor: University of York),
Peter J. Mayhew27
Estimated H-index: 27
(Ebor: University of York),
Andrew J. Ross17
Estimated H-index: 17
(National Museum of Scotland)
The first and last occurrences of hexapod families in the fossil record are compiled from publications up to end-2009. The major features of these data are compared with those of previous datasets (1993 and 1994). About a third of families (>400) are new to the fossil record since 1994, over half of the earlier, existing families have experienced changes in their known stratigraphic range and only about ten percent have unchanged ranges. Despite these significant additions to knowledge, the broa...
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Published on Jul 1, 2015in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Pierre Broly7
Estimated H-index: 7
(ULB: Université libre de Bruxelles),
Sébastien Maillet3
Estimated H-index: 3
(university of lille),
Andrew J. Ross17
Estimated H-index: 17
(National Museum of Scotland)
This paper represents the first formal description of a Cretaceous terrestrial isopod (Oniscidea). This unique specimen, a well preserved female in Burmese amber from Myanmar, is described as Myanmariscus deboiseae gen. nov. sp. nov. It belongs to the clade Synocheta Legrand, 1946 based on the poorly differentiated flagellum of antenna, its small body size and underdeveloped eyes. Its familial position remains uncertain because this group is primarily classified using male reproductive structure...
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Published on Jan 1, 2015in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 1.64
Zhaoying Guan1
Estimated H-index: 1
(JNU: Jinan University),
Jakub Prokop16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Charles University in Prague)
+ 2 AuthorsAndré Nel85
Estimated H-index: 85
(CNRS: Centre national de la recherche scientifique)
The position of the Palaeozoic Anthracoptilidae has been a major problem of insect systematics for over a century. The previous hypotheses suggested affinities of Anthracoptilidae with the Palaeodictyopteroida, Protorthoptera, Hypoperlida, stem-Mantodea, Paraneoptera, Holometabola, or Eoblattida. Herein we put forward a new hypothesis based mainly on a comprehensive re-evaluation of the wing venation characters and re-examination of the type material of Anthracoptilus perrieri and Mesoptilus dol...
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Published on Jan 1, 2015in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Eduardo Barrón18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España),
Daniel Peyrot10
Estimated H-index: 10
+ 5 AuthorsMª José Comas-Rengifo1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Complutense University of Madrid)
Abstract The Lower Cretaceous deposits of the southern margin of the Basque-Cantabrian basin (northern Spain) are characterised by continental deposits interbedded with amber-bearing marine-influenced facies. These facies crop out in various localities and have yielded well-preserved palynological assemblages. The palynoflora is dominated by gymnosperm pollen grains, and shows relatively diversified spore content but scarce dinoflagellate cysts. The palynofloral evidence and regional geological ...
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Published on Nov 14, 2014in Carnets de Géologie 1.18
Sibelle Maksoud6
Estimated H-index: 6
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Bruno Granier15
Estimated H-index: 15
+ 3 AuthorsJosep Anton Moreno-Bedmar13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UNAM: National Autonomous University of Mexico)
The "Falaise de Blanche" is a prominent cliff, consisting mostly of Lower Cretaceous limestones that extends as linear outcrops over most of the Lebanese territory and provides geologists a remarkable reference for stratigraphic studies. However, until now, this unit was lacking a clear definition. We introduce herein the Jezzinian Regional Stage, the type-locality of which is at Jezzine. It equates as an unconformity-bounded unit and, per definition, it is framed by two discontinuities. Because...
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Xin-Ran Li2
Estimated H-index: 2
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Xin-Ran Li + -1 AuthorsDiying Huang
Abstract We report a fossil ootheca of Dictyoptera from mid-Cretaceous Burmese (Myanmar) amber. This ootheca resembles those of extant mantises, particularly Chaeteessa , and it is provisionally identified to Mantodea. Whilst Blattodea (Blattaria and Isoptera, or ‘true’ cockroaches and termites) are ruled out as the owner of this ootheca, Alienoptera and basal Dictyoptera remain possible. This is the first fossil described of the mantis-type ootheca, and also direct evidence of Dictyoptera in Cr...
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Published on Mar 21, 2019
Alba Sánchez-García4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Barcelona),
Enrique Peñalver17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)
+ 1 AuthorsMichael S. Engel36
Estimated H-index: 36
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)
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Published on Jan 1, 2019in Biologia 0.73
Peter Vršanský1
Estimated H-index: 1
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Lucia Šmídová3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Charles University in Prague)
+ 14 AuthorsDany Azar6
Estimated H-index: 6
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Myrmecophilous and termitophilous interactions likely contributed to the competitive advantage and evolutionary success of eusocial insects, but how these commensal and parasitic relationships originated is unclear due to absence of fossil records. New extinct cockroaches of the still living family Blattidae are reported here from the Cretaceous Myanmar amber (99 Ma) and are the earliest known inhabitants of complex ant nests, demonstrating that this specialised myrmecophily originated shortly a...
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Published on Dec 1, 2018in Nature Communications 11.88
Daran Zheng6
Estimated H-index: 6
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Su-Chin Chang10
Estimated H-index: 10
(HKU: University of Hong Kong)
+ 13 AuthorsQingqing Zhang6
Estimated H-index: 6
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
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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Published on Nov 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Xin-Ran Li2
Estimated H-index: 2
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Diying Huang18
Estimated H-index: 18
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Abstract Here we describe a new praying mantis species, Burmantis hexispinea sp. nov., from middle Cretaceous Burmese amber. The new species differs from other species of Burmantis in the forefemoral spination with six large spines, instead of five. Although not the first adult of Burmantis , the holotype provides exclusive adult morphology of this genus: the wing venation is typical of Mantodea, and male terminalia are symmetrical or nearly symmetrical, with long cerci and styli. The holotype e...
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Published on Oct 1, 2018in Biologia 0.73
Peter Vršanský10
Estimated H-index: 10
(SAV: Slovak Academy of Sciences),
Günter Bechly11
Estimated H-index: 11
+ 20 AuthorsSonia Bigalk1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart)
Batesian mimicry is a relationship in which a harmful organism (the model) is mimicked by a harmless organism (the mimic), which gains protection because predators mistake it for the model. It is the most widely studied of mimicry complexes and has undoubtedly played an important role in the speciation of various animals especially insects. However, little is known about the early evolution of this important behavior and its evolutionary significance owing to a dearth of paleontological records....
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Estimated H-index: 3
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España),
Enrique Peñalver17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)
+ 2 AuthorsXavier Delclòs18
Estimated H-index: 18
(University of Barcelona)
All the amber outcrops of the Iberian Peninsula are Lower Cretaceous in age and, in the case of Spain, some of them have provided important arthropod specimens preserved as bioinclusions. These Spanish localities are rich in fossil taxa of phylogenetic relevance and evidence of both paleoecological interactions and paleobehaviors are also abundant. Despite their high heritage interest, the actions conducted to their protection and management have been very unequal. In some cases, only the generi...
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Published on May 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Jun Chen4
Estimated H-index: 4
(LYU: Linyi University),
Jun Chen8
Estimated H-index: 8
(LYU: Linyi University)
+ 4 AuthorsHaichun Zhang20
Estimated H-index: 20
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Abstract Representatives of the froghopper family Sinoalidae were exclusively known from Jurassic deposits in northeastern China. A new taxon, Fangyuania xiai Chen, Szwedo and Wang, gen. et sp. nov., is erected from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber and assigned to this family. The remarkable new sinoalid distinctly differs from its con-familial Jurassic relatives in having a tegmen with cell between costal margin and Pc + CP broad, stem MP + CuA relatively long and connecting crossvein cua-cup just ...
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Published on Feb 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Antonio Arillo15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Complutense University of Madrid),
Vladimir Blagoderov2
Estimated H-index: 2
(National Museums Scotland),
Enrique Peñalver17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)
Abstract A new species of the extinct family Archizelmiridae, Burmazelmira grimaldii n. sp. (Diptera: Sciaroidea), is described from the Spanish Lower Cretaceous (upper Albian) amber of San Just outcrop in the Maestrazgo Basin (Province of Teruel) based on two complete specimens. A comparison with the only previously known species of the genus, Burmazelmira aristica Grimaldi, Amorim and Blagoderov, 2003, is provided. The new species is diagnosed based on antennal features. One of the flies is pa...
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