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 Zheng5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Hong Kong),
André Nel14
Estimated H-index: 14
(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 Sep 1, 2015in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Diying Huang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Dany Azar18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Lebanese University)
+ 1 AuthorsAndré Nel14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Paris)
Two new damselfly genera and species Mesosticta burmatica and Cretadisparoneura hongi, are described from the mid Cretaceous Burmese amber. They are respectively tentatively attributed to the Platystictidae and to the Platycnemididae: Disparoneurinae. These discoveries confirm that the Zygoptera of the coenagrionomorphan clade with shortened median posterior and cubitus anterior were already rather diverse during the Early Cretaceous.
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Published on Apr 1, 2013in Historical Biology 1.25
Günter Bechly11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart),
George Poinar25
Estimated H-index: 25
(Oregon State University)
A new family, genus and species of damselfly, Burmaphlebia reifi gen. et sp. nov. (Burmaphlebiidae fam. nov.), is described as the second fossil odonate from Early Cretaceous Burmese amber. Its phylogenetic position is discussed and the fossil is attributed to a new family at the base of the anisozygopteran grade, probably closely related to the Recent relict group Epiophlebiidae. It is the first record of the ‘anisozygopteran’ grade from amber and the smallest known representative of this group...
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Edgar F. Riek1
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Jarmila Kukalová-Peck7
Estimated H-index: 7
The oldest known odonatoid wings are described from the Namurian of Argentina: Eugeropteron lunatum Riek n.g. et sp. and Geropteron arcuatum Riek n.g. and sp. (Meganisoptera: Meganeurina: Eugeropteridae n. fam.). The wings are generalized and support a reinterpretation of the venation of living Odonata as being fully homologous to that of other pterygotes and closely related to Ephemeropteroidea, but different from Neoptera. Therefore, Paleoptera is a valid phylogenetic unit, and Odonatoidea and...
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R.D Cruickshank1
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Ko Ko1
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Abstract Amber (‘Burmite’) from the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar has been known since at least the 1st century AD. It is currently being produced from a hill known as Noije Bum, which was first documented as a source of amber in 1836. Several geologists visited the locality between 1892 and 1930. All of them believed that the host rocks to the amber are Tertiary (most said Eocene) in age, and this conclusion has been widely quoted in the literature. However, recent work indicates a Cretaceous age. ...
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Published on Feb 1, 2010in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Julien Vernoux2
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Diying Huang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
+ 1 AuthorsAndré Nel84
Estimated H-index: 84
(Centre national de la recherche scientifique)
Abstract The first Chinese and English representatives of the Mesozoic gomphid family Proterogomphidae are described, respectively Lingomphus magnificus gen. et sp. nov., and Cordulagomphus europaeus sp. nov. A phylogenetic analysis of the most ‘basal’ gomphid lineages is proposed, showing the monophyly of the Proterogomphidae and the position of Lingomphus as sister group of all other representatives of this family. C. europaeus is the first Eurasiatic representative of the subfamily Cordulagom...
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Published on Jan 1, 2015in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Iwona Kania6
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Bo Wang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Jacek Szwedo13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Museum and Institute of Zoology)
Abstract A new species of Dicranoptycha from Burmese amber (lowermost Cenomanian, Upper Cretaceous) is described, Dicranoptycha burmitica sp. nov. The morphology comparison with their closest recent and fossil relatives is provided. The distribution of fossil representatives of Dicranoptycha is presented and their morphological traits discussed.
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Published on Mar 31, 2015in eLife 7.62
Bo Wang17
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Fangyuan Xia4
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+ 4 AuthorsJacek Szwedo13
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(University of Gdańsk)
Many animals care for and protect their offspring to increase their survival and fitness. Insects care for their young using a range of strategies: some dig underground chambers for their young, whilst others carry their brood around on their own bodies. However, it was unclear when these strategies first evolved in insects. Now Wang et al. report that they have discovered the earliest fossil evidence of an insect caring for its young, in the form of a female insect preserved with her brood in a...
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Published on Oct 1, 2012in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Guanghai Shi4
Estimated H-index: 4
(China University of Geosciences),
David A. Grimaldi38
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(American Museum of Natural History)
+ 6 AuthorsWeiyan Lei3
Estimated H-index: 3
(China University of Geosciences)
Amber from northern Myanmar has been commercially exploited for millennia, and it also preserves the most diverse palaeobiota among the worlds' seven major deposits of Cretaceous amber. Recent estimated ages vary from Albian to Cenomanian, based on palynology, an ammonoid, and Mesozoic insect taxa preserved within the amber. The burmite-bearing rock is sedimentaryand consists mainly of rounded lithic clasts (0.03w0.15 mm in diameter), with minor fragments of quartz and feldspar. Among the lithic...
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Published on Oct 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Daran Zheng5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
André Nel14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Paris)
+ 3 AuthorsBo Wang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(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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Published on Jan 2, 2019in Alcheringa 1.03
Daran Zheng5
Estimated H-index: 5
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André Nel84
Estimated H-index: 84
+ 3 AuthorsBo Wang17
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Published on Dec 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Daran Zheng5
Estimated H-index: 5
(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 Dec 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Daran Zheng5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Tian Jiang2
Estimated H-index: 2
(China University of Geosciences)
+ 4 AuthorsBo Wang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(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 Mar 1, 2019in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Diying Huang17
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(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Yanzhe Fu (Chinese Academy of Sciences), André Nel14
Estimated H-index: 14
(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 May 1, 2019in Cretaceous Research 1.93
Jun Chen7
Estimated H-index: 7
(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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