New species of fossil oribatid mites (Acariformes, Oribatida), from the Lower Cretaceous amber of Spain

Published on Aug 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 1.93
· DOI :10.1016/j.cretres.2016.02.009
Antonio Arillo14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Complutense University of Madrid),
Luis S. Subías7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Complutense University of Madrid),
Alba Sánchez-García4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Barcelona)
Abstract
Abstract Mites are relatively common and diverse in fossiliferous ambers, but remain essentially unstudied. Here, we report on five new oribatid fossil species from Lower Cretaceous Spanish amber, including representatives of three superfamilies, and five families of the Oribatida. Hypovertex hispanicus sp. nov. and Tenuelamellarea estefaniae sp. nov. are described from amber pieces discovered in the San Just outcrop (Teruel Province). This is the first time fossil oribatid mites have been discovered in the El Soplao outcrop (Cantabria Province) and, here, we describe the following new species: Afronothrus ornosae sp. nov., Nothrus vazquezae sp. nov., and Platyliodes sellnicki sp. nov. The taxa are discussed in relation to other fossil lineages of Oribatida as well as in relation to their modern counterparts. Some of the inclusions were imaged using confocal laser scanning microscopy, demonstrating the potential of this technique for studying fossil mites in amber. A table, including all the known Mesozoic oribatid mites preserved in amber, is included.
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Published on Jan 1, 2009in Geologica Acta 0.69
M. Najarro1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
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 Apr 1, 2009in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Antonio Arillo14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Complutense University of Madrid),
Luis S. Subías7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Complutense University of Madrid),
Umukusum Ya. Shtanchaeva6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Russian Academy of Sciences)
A new fossil species of oribatid mite, Ametroproctus valeriae sp. nov., belonging to the family Ametroproctidae is described. The new species is preserved in a piece of amber from the San Just outcrop in Teruel Province, Spain, which is believed to be Albian in age. Comparison is made between the new species and extant species of the family.
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Published on Jan 1, 2015in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Eduardo Barrón17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España),
Daniel Peyrot8
Estimated H-index: 8
+ 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 Oct 1, 2007in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Enrique Peñalver17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España),
Xavier Delclòs17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Barcelona),
Carmen Soriano13
Estimated H-index: 13
(University of Barcelona)
A new amber outcrop has been found recently in a bed of lutite within the Escucha Formation near the village of Utrillas (Teruel Province), Spain. This new fossil site, which has been named San Just, contains an exceptional quantity of amber remains associated with fossilized wood and leaves of probable araucarian origin, and is dated as EarlyeMiddle Albian (Early Cretaceous). The amber is physically and chemically similar to other Spanish Early Cretaceous ambers. Values of IRTF are also similar...
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Published on Dec 31, 2004in Graellsia
Luis S. Subías7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Complutense University of Madrid)
This is the first check-list of the world’s oribatid mites in which the approximately 9,000 currently valid, described species (and subspecies) are systematically recorded. In addition, the list contains over a thousand corresponding synonomies, grouped into 1.204 genera (and subgenera) along with their recognized synonomies, belonging to 169 families. The currently known geographic distribution is given for each species (approximately 3,200 palaearctic species, 1,500 ethiopic, 1,500 neotropical...
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Published on Jan 1, 2007in Comptes Rendus Palevol 1.43
Xavier Delclòs17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Barcelona),
Antonio Arillo14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Complutense University of Madrid)
+ 6 AuthorsVicente M. Ortuño11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Alcalá)
Abstract Amber-bearing deposits are a specific kind of fossil bioaccumulation that preserves exceptionally well palaeobiological information from the past. The present article discusses the ‘state of the art’ of the knowledge of certain Spanish amber-bearing deposits from the Cretaceous (Albian-Cenomanian). A bibliographic compilation of previous studies, together with new discoveries, shows the existence of over 100 amber localities; nevertheless, only in seven of these have arthropod inclusion...
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Published on Oct 1, 2010in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 1.67
Uxue Villanueva-Amadoz6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Zaragoza),
Denise Pons10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University)
+ 2 AuthorsLuis Miguel Sender9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Zaragoza)
Abstract The most complete angiospermous palynological assemblage for the middle–earliest late Albian of north-eastern Spain is reported from the Middle Member of the Escucha Formation at the San Just site. Nine palynological samples yielded mainly monosulcates ( Clavatipollenites , Dichastopollenites , Hammenia , Jusinghipollis , Liliacidites , Pennipollis including proposed new species P. escuchensis , Retimonocolpites , and Transitoripollis ) and a few tricolpates ( Phimopollenites , Rousea ,...
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Published on Aug 1, 2010in Acta Geologica Sinica-english Edition 2.51
María Najarro6
Estimated H-index: 6
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Enrique Peñalver17
Estimated H-index: 17
+ 11 AuthorsFrancisco Velasco18
Estimated H-index: 18
(University of the Basque Country)
: El Soplao outcrop, an Early Cretaceous amber deposit recently discovered in northern Spain (Cantabria), has been shown to be the largest site of amber with arthropod inclusions that has been found in Spain so far. Relevant data provided herein for biogeochemistry of the amber, palynology, taphonomy and arthropod bioinclusions complement those previously published. This set of data suggests at least two botanical sources for the amber of El Soplao deposit. The nrst (type A amber) strongly suppo...
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Published on Feb 29, 2012in Systematic & Applied Acarology 1.70
Antonio Arillo14
Estimated H-index: 14
,
Luis S. Subías7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Complutense University of Madrid),
Umukusum Ya. Shtanchaeva6
Estimated H-index: 6
A new fossil species, Trhypochthonius lopezvallei sp. nov. (Trhypochthoniidae), is described based on one specimen preserved in amber from the San Just outcrop (Teruel Province, Spain) believed to be Albian in age. A comparison with Recent and fossil Trhypochthoniidae is given. A new name, Sachalinbates, is proposed to replace Sachalinella (a fossil oribatid genus described from Sakhalin Paleocene amber) which is preoccupied.
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Published on May 1, 2010in Paleontological Journal 0.61
Antonio Arillo14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Complutense University of Madrid),
Luis S. Subías7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Complutense University of Madrid),
Umukusum Ya. Shtanchaeva6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Russian Academy of Sciences)
A new fossil genus and species of oribatid mite, Cretaceobodes martinezae gen. et sp. nov., belonging to the family Otocepheidae is described. The new species is preserved in a piece of amber from the San Just outcrop (Teruel Province, Spain), which is believed to be Albian in age. The new genus is compared with the extant genus Carabocepheus Berlese, 1910 and its relationships with the superfamilies Otocepheoidea and Carabodoidea are discussed. Carabocepheidae is regarded as a junior synonym of...
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Published on Sep 5, 2017in PeerJ 2.12
Alba Sánchez-García4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Barcelona),
André Nel84
Estimated H-index: 84
+ 1 AuthorsMónica M. Solórzano Kraemer7
Estimated H-index: 7
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Published on Nov 1, 2017in Journal of Arachnology 1.24
Paul A. Selden23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Capital Normal University),
Dong Ren25
Estimated H-index: 25
(Capital Normal University)
Abstract Fossils from the mid-Cretaceous (c. 99 Ma) Myanmar (Burma) amber include all extant orders of Arachnida, including the earliest representatives of Schizomida, Parasitiformes, and Palpigradi. Schizomids are figured from Burmese amber herein for the first time. The most abundant and diverse arachnid order is the Araneae, with 38 families, 93 genera, and 165 species recorded to date. The araneofauna is dominated by haplogynes and palpimanoids, whilst araneoids are rare and members of the R...
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Published on Feb 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Antonio Arillo14
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)
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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Published on Sep 1, 2018in Geoheritage 2.33
A. Rodrigo (Instituto Geológico y Minero de España), Enrique Peñalver17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)
+ 2 AuthorsXavier Delclòs17
Estimated H-index: 17
(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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