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

Published on May 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 1.93
· DOI :10.1016/j.cretres.2015.11.001
Xavier Delclòs17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Barcelona),
Enrique Peñalver17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)
+ 4 AuthorsAndrew J. Ross14
Estimated H-index: 14
(National Museums Scotland)
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 Sep 1, 2015in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Jason A. Dunlop9
Estimated H-index: 9
(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 1, 2014in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 2.69
David Peris8
Estimated H-index: 8
(University of Barcelona),
Steven R. Davis14
Estimated H-index: 14
(American Museum of Natural History)
+ 1 AuthorsXavier Delclòs17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Barcelona)
Three new weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) species from Cretaceous amber of Spain (early Albian) and France (late Albian – early Cenomanian) are described. Nemonychidae are represented by two Spanish specimens from the El Soplao and San Just deposits and described as Arra legalovi gen. et sp. nov., Caridae are described from one specimen in the Spanish deposit of El Soplao and named as Albicar contriti gen. et sp. nov., and Curculionidae are documented from one specimen embedded in opaque amb...
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Published on Jan 1, 2013in European Journal of Entomology 1.02
Nel A. Roy R.1
Estimated H-index: 1
Some fossil insects from the Palaeocene of Menat (France), described by Piton as Mantodea, but also Ephemeroptera are revised. The presence of the Neotropical mantid family Chaeteessidae in the Palaeocene of France, inferred by Gratshev & Zherikhin, is confirmed. The presence in Menat of the mantid family Empusidae was an error of interpretation. The order Ephemeroptera is represented only by an undescribed nymph. Biogeographic implications are discussed briefly.
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Published on Jan 1, 2009in Geologica Acta 0.69
M. Najarro1
Estimated H-index: 1
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E. Peñalver1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 4 AuthorsXavier Declós1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Barcelona)
The El Soplao site is a recently-discovered Early Albian locality of the Basque-Cantabrian Basin (northern Spain) that has yielded a number of amber pieces with abundant bioinclusions. The amber-bearing deposit occurs in a non-marine to transitional marine siliciclastic unit (Las Penosas Formation) that is interleaved within a regressive-transgressive, carbonate-dominated Lower Aptian-Upper Albian marine sequence. The Las Penosas Formation corresponds to the regressive stage of this sequence and...
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Published on Jan 1, 2013
Frank Wieland6
Estimated H-index: 6
For the first time a large morphological dataset, comprising 152 morphological characters for 122 taxa of all recognized families of the group, has been used to reconstruct the phylogeny of the praying mantises (Mantodea). The intraordinal relationships found were only partially similar to the results of earlier molecular studies, in many cases they differed considerably. Only a third of the families (Acanthopidae, Empusidae, Eremiaphilidae, Thespidae, and Toxoderidae) and subfamilies (Amorphosc...
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Published on Jul 1, 2004in Systematic Entomology 4.24
Gavin J. Svenson11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Brigham Young University),
Michael F. Whiting41
Estimated H-index: 41
(Brigham Young University)
. The previously unknown phylogenetic relationships among Mantodea (praying mantids) were inferred from DNA sequence data. Five genes (16S rDNA, 18S rDNA, 28S rDNA, cytochrome oxidase II and histone 3) were sequenced for sixty-three taxa representing major mantid lineages and outgroups. The monophyly of mantid families and subfamilies was tested under varying parameter settings using parsimony and Bayesian analyses. The analyses revealed the paraphyly of Hymenopodidae, Iridopterygidae, Mantidae,...
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Published on Mar 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Michael S. Engel33
Estimated H-index: 33
(University of Kansas),
Diying Huang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
+ 2 AuthorsMabel Alvarado4
Estimated H-index: 4
(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 Jan 1, 2005
David A. Grimaldi38
Estimated H-index: 38
(Stockholm University),
Michael S. Engel33
Estimated H-index: 33
Section 1. Diversity and Evolution: Introduction Species: their nature and number How many species of insects? Reconstructing evolutionary history Section 2. Fossil Insects: Insect fossilization Dating and ages Major fossil Insect deposits Section 3. Arthropods and the Origin of Insects: Onychophora: the velvet-worms Tardigrada: the water-bears Arthropoda: the jointed animals Hexapoda: the six-legged arthropods Section 4. The insects: Morphology of insects Relationships among the insect orders S...
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Kumar Krishna10
Estimated H-index: 10
(American Museum of Natural History),
David A. Grimaldi38
Estimated H-index: 38
(American Museum of Natural History)
+ 1 AuthorsMichael S. Engel33
Estimated H-index: 33
(University of Kansas)
ABSTRACT A comprehensive compendium on the taxonomy and biology of the 3106 living and fossil species of the worlds termites is presented, along with reviews of Isoptera morphology and evolution, identification keys, the history of termite systematics, and summary of the worlds 363 significant pest species. A complete bibliography is provided of nearly 5000 references covering virtually all aspects of termite taxonomy and biology through December 2011. The morphology of Isoptera is thoroughly re...
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Published on Aug 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Michael S. Engel33
Estimated H-index: 33
(University of Kansas),
Bo Wang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Abdulaziz S. Alqarni9
Estimated H-index: 9
(King Saud University)
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Estimated H-index: 7
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology),
Allison C. Daley13
Estimated H-index: 13
(University of Oxford)
+ 1 AuthorsGregory D. Edgecombe40
Estimated H-index: 40
(Natural History Museum)
Abstract Fossil age data and molecular sequences are increasingly combined to establish a timescale for the Tree of Life. Arthropods, as the most species-rich and morphologically disparate animal phylum, have received substantial attention, particularly with regard to questions such as the timing of habitat shifts (e.g. terrestrialisation), genome evolution (e.g. gene family duplication and functional evolution), origins of novel characters and behaviours (e.g. wings and flight, venom, silk), bi...
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Published on Apr 1, 2017in Cretaceous Research 1.93
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Estimated H-index: 2
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Dany Azar6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Abstract Balatronis cretacea Smidova et Lei, 2017 – ancestor of the repellent harlequin cockroach (Insecta: Blattaria) is reported in this issue as the earliest representative of the type cockroach family Blattidae in the Cenomanian Myanmar amber (98 Ma). Balatronis libanensis sp.n. from the Lebanese amber (130 Ma) extends the palaeogeographic (to Gondwana) and chronostratigraphic (to Early Cretaceous) range of this advanced Mesozoic bark cockroach and shifts the expected origin of the Blattidae...
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Published on Apr 1, 2017in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Lucia Šmídová2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Xiaojie Lei2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Abstract Only seven adult cockroaches have been described from Mesozoic amber. Balatronis cretacea gen. et sp. nov. from the Cenomanian burmite is the most ancient member of the type cockroach family Blattidae and the only one recorded from Cretaceous strata. Individuals represented by immature and adults (n = 14, 4) constitute 3.2 per cents of all Myanmar amber cockroaches surveyed by us – indicating habits close to source trees supported with bark body pattern (absent in sedimentary fossils). ...
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Published on Jul 24, 2017in PeerJ 2.12
Marie K. Hörnig4
Estimated H-index: 4
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Joachim T. Haug8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich),
Carolin Haug9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
Mantodeans or praying mantises are flying insects and well known for their raptorial behaviour, mainly performed by their first pair of thoracic appendages. We describe here a new, exceptionally preserved specimen of the early mantodean Santanmantis axelrodi Grimaldi, 2003 from the famous 110 million years old Crato Formation, Brazil. The incomplete specimen preserves important morphological details, which were not known in this specific form before for this species or any other representative o...
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Estimated H-index: 14
(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)
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Published on May 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Jun Chen7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Linyi University),
Jacek Szwedo13
Estimated H-index: 13
(University of Gdańsk)
+ 4 AuthorsHaichun Zhang20
Estimated H-index: 20
(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 Sep 1, 2018in Geoheritage 2.33
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Estimated H-index: 17
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)
+ 2 AuthorsXavier Delclòs17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Barcelona)
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Published on Nov 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Xin-Ran Li2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Diying Huang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
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