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A well-preserved true dragonfly (Anisoptera: Gomphides: Burmagomphidae fam. nov.) from Cretaceous Burmese amber

Published on Aug 9, 2018in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 2.33
· DOI :10.1080/14772019.2017.1365100
Daran Zheng6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Hong Kong),
André Nel15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of Paris)
+ 3 AuthorsBo Wang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Abstract
Amber inclusions have been studied for several centuries, but true dragonflies are extremely rare, with only several poorly preserved wings recorded. In Burmese amber, odonatans are relatively diverse, but true dragonflies are still rare. An excellently preserved true dragonfly, Burmagomphides electronica Zheng, Nel & Wang gen. et sp. nov., representing the new family Burmagomphidae Zheng, Nel & Wang fam. nov., is described here from Cretaceous Burmese amber. This is the first well-preserved true dragonfly with complete wings in this amber. It is attributed to the clade Oligophlebiata because it has symmetrical RP branches at the midfork and a well-developed trigonal planate as in the clade Hagenioidea, and the vein CuAa distinctly shortened with reduced pectinate branching as in Brevicubitalia; it differs, however, from the latter two in having a narrow hind wing base.http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:9E2B3C24-B4D7-43E5-B013-32245D301167
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Published on Jan 2, 2019in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 2.33
Daran Zheng6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Hong Kong),
Bo Wang33
Estimated H-index: 33
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
+ 3 AuthorsSu-Chin Chang10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Hong Kong)
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...
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Published on Oct 1, 2017in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Diying Huang18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Chenyang Cai13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
+ 1 AuthorsGünter Bechly11
Estimated H-index: 11
The third Cretaceous Aeshnoptera in amber is described from Myanmar. It represents a new family Burmaeshnidae fam. nov., genus and species Burmaeshna azari gen. et sp. nov. Its exact affinities remain uncertain but it is probably the sister group of the Late Cretaceous family Enigmaeshnidae. This discovery supports the hypothesis of an intense period of appearance of many aeshnopteran subclades during the late Early Cretaceous and the Late Cretaceous.
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Published on Sep 1, 2017in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Daran Zheng10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Su-Chin Chang10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Hong Kong)
+ 3 AuthorsBo Wang33
Estimated H-index: 33
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Abstract The dysagrionid damselflies are relatively diverse in Burmese amber, with two genera already recorded. A new dysagrionid damselfly, Electrodysagrion lini Zheng, Nel and Wang, gen. et sp. nov., corresponding to the oldest record of the tribe Dysagrionini, is described herein. It has the unique ‘sieblosiid-dysagrionine’ type of discoidal cell. It differs from other genera of Dysagrionini in having no antenodal crossveins distal of Ax2, Arc aligned with Ax2, and only one row of cells in th...
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Published on May 29, 2017in Zootaxa 0.93
Stefan Pinkert3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Marburg),
Günter Bechly11
Estimated H-index: 11
,
André Nel15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of Paris)
Based on three specimens, the first record of hawker dragonflies from Baltic amber is described in a new genus with two new species: Elektrogomphaeschna peterthieli gen. et sp. nov. and E. annekeae sp. nov.. They belong to the family Gomphaeschnidae and are tentatively attributed to the extinct subfamily Gomphaeschnaoidinae. The latter was previously only known from Cretaceous fossils and is here shown to have survived the K-Pg mass extinction event. This discovery also confirms the still higher...
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Published on May 1, 2017in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Diying Huang18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Dany Azar6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
+ 3 AuthorsGünter Bechly11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart)
Abstract Mesomegaloprepus magnificus gen. et sp. nov. (Odonata: Zygoptera) is described from more than 14 specimens in eight pieces of mid-Cretaceous (earliest Cenomanian, ca. 99 Ma) amber from Myanmar. Possible phylogenetic affinities with the Neotropical Latibasaliidae, Thaumatoneuridae, and Pseudostigmatinae are discussed, and a relationship with Pseudostigmatinae considered as possible, but because of conflicting evidence separate family status as Mesomegaloprepidae fam. nov. is tentatively ...
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Published on Apr 1, 2017in Scientific Reports 4.12
Daran Zheng6
Estimated H-index: 6
,
André Nel85
Estimated H-index: 85
+ 5 AuthorsBo Wang33
Estimated H-index: 33
Extreme adaptations for probable visual courtship behaviour in a Cretaceous dancing damselfly
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Published on Apr 1, 2017in Comptes Rendus Palevol 1.43
Daran Zheng6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Bo Wang33
Estimated H-index: 33
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Su-Chin Chang10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Hong Kong)
Abstract Abundant odonatans have been discovered from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, and Burma has played an important role in early damselfly diversification during the mid-Cretaceous. In this paper, a new damselfly, Palaeodisparoneura cretacica sp. nov., is described from Burmese amber. It is the second species of the extinct genus Palaeodisparoneura Poinar, Bechly et Buckley, 2010. P. cretacica sp. nov. differs from P. burmanica Poinar, Bechly et Buckley, 2010 in having more postnodal and post...
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Published on Apr 1, 2017in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Daran Zheng6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Su-Chin Chang10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Hong Kong)
+ 1 AuthorsBo Wang33
Estimated H-index: 33
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Abstract A new true dragonfly, Cretaeshna lini gen. et sp. nov., is described based on a forewing from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Cretaeshna is probably a member of Telephlebiidae: Telephlebiinae, but differs from the latter in having a weakly-defined IR1 and a short pterostigma. Cretaeshna lini is the first aeshnid dragonfly to be found as an amber inclusion and the third Cretaceous true dragonfly recorded in amber. Our find augments the diversity of Mesozoic true dragonflies, and enhances o...
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Published on Apr 1, 2017in Nature Communications 12.35
Chenyang Cai13
Estimated H-index: 13
,
Richard A. B. Leschen21
Estimated H-index: 21
+ 2 AuthorsDiying Huang18
Estimated H-index: 18
Agarics (gilled mushrooms) are rarely preserved as fossils, which has obscured their evolutionary history. Here, the authors describe new forms of agarics as well as new species of rove beetles with morphological specializations for mushroom feeding discovered in 99-million-year-old Burmese amber.
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Published on Mar 13, 2017in Zootaxa 0.93
Claudia Möstel1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
Martin Schorr2
Estimated H-index: 2
,
Günter Bechly11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart)
A new genus and species of damselfly, Burmagrion marjanmatoki, gen. et sp. nov., is described from Early Cretaceous Burmese amber. It is attributed to the basal stem group of Coenagrionoidea. The inclusion of five wings from the same species suggests that the amber piece contains the remains of a mating pair of damselflies.
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Published on Sep 1, 2019in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Zhi-Shun Song4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Guo-Hua Xu (Jiangsu Second Normal University)+ 2 AuthorsThierry Bourgoin6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Paris)
Abstract A new family Yetkhatidae Song, Szwedo et Bourgoin fam. nov. from mid-Cretaceous amber of Myanmar is described. It is characterized by the tegmina with a triangular basal cell and in having the apex of the clavus closed, the female genitalia with robust endogonocoxal processes, the head capsule with trigones and foliated frontal margins, ridged lora (visible frontally) and by intermediate carinae on the mesonotum. Two new monotypic genera are described in this new family: Yetkhata Song, ...
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Published on Aug 1, 2019in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Daran Zheng6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
André Nel15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of Paris)
+ 3 AuthorsBo Wang33
Estimated H-index: 33
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
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 ...
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Published on May 1, 2019in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Jun Chen8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Linyi University),
Jacek Szwedo13
Estimated H-index: 13
(University of Gdańsk)
+ 5 AuthorsHaichun Zhang20
Estimated H-index: 20
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Abstract As the most diversified organismal group, insects evolved countless structural innovations, and some unique ones have vanished in their geological history. We herein report a new true hopper family Minlagerrontidae Chen, Szwedo and Wang fam. nov. with two new species ( Minlagerron griphos Chen, Szwedo and Wang gen. et sp. nov. and Minlagerron onyxos Chen, Szwedo and Wang gen. et sp. nov.) in mid-Cretaceous Kachin amber from northern Myanmar. The new family, tentatively attributed to Hyl...
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Published on Mar 1, 2019in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Diying Huang18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Yanzhe Fu1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
André Nel15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of Paris)
Abstract Gunterbechya pumilio gen. et sp. nov., first accurate Mesozoic Gomphidae sensu stricto, is described from the mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. It is remarkable in its reduced venation with quadrangular discoidal triangles, only found in the extant gomphid genera Lestinogomphus and Archaeogomphus , the ‘libelluloid’ Cordulephyidae and the Libellulidae: ‘Tetrathemistinae’. All these taxa are small dragonflies with reduced venation. Possibly the particular quadrangular discoidal triangles of ...
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Published on Jan 2, 2019in Alcheringa 1.03
Daran Zheng6
Estimated H-index: 6
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André Nel85
Estimated H-index: 85
+ 3 AuthorsBo Wang33
Estimated H-index: 33
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Published on Dec 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Daran Zheng6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Tian Jiang2
Estimated H-index: 2
(China University of Geosciences)
+ 4 AuthorsBo Wang33
Estimated H-index: 33
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
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...
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Published on Dec 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Daran Zheng6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Su-Chin Chang10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Hong Kong)
+ 4 AuthorsBo Wang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Abstract The fossil dragonfly is a perfect model to study past biogeography. Araripegomphidae is an ancient Gondwanan family comprising the sole genus Araripegomphus previously from the Crato Formation (Upper Aptian) of Brazil. For the first time, a non-rock find, Araripegomphus shai sp. nov., is here described from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. This rare araripegomphid dragonfly extends the range of Araripegomphus to the west Burma block.
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Published on Nov 20, 2018in Alcheringa 1.03
Burmahemiphlebia zhangi Zheng et al., 2017 is the dominant damselfly found in Burmese amber. Here, a new hemiphlebiid damselfly, Burmahemiphlebia hui sp. nov., is described representing the second Burmahemiphlebia species discovered in Burmese amber. Burmahemiphlebia hui sp. nov. differs from Burmahemiphlebia zhangi in having more postnodal cross-veins, CuP and the separating point of AA from AP basal of A × 1, Arc aligned with A × 2, RP2 base closer to N than to Pt, and IR1 five cells distal of...
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Published on Oct 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Daran Zheng6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
André Nel15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of Paris)
+ 3 AuthorsBo Wang33
Estimated H-index: 33
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Abstract The mesomegaloprepids are some of the most abundant fossil damselflies in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber characterized by large size, brown colour and dense wing venation. Here we described a new damselfly, Cretamegaloprepus zhouae Zheng, Nel and Wang, gen. et sp. nov., representing the second known genus and species of Mesomegaloprepidae Huang et al. (2017). Cretamegaloprepus Zheng, Nel and Wang, gen. nov. greatly differs from Mesomegaloprepus Huang et al. (2017) in having no secondary a...
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