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Early Cretaceous parasitism in amber: A new species of Burmazelmira fly (Diptera: Archizelmiridae) parasitized by a Leptus sp. mite (Acari, Erythraeidae)

Published on Feb 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 2.12
· DOI :10.1016/j.cretres.2018.02.006
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)
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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 parasitized by a larval Leptus sp. mite (Acari, Erythraeidae). Despite the abundance of Leptus mites in several localities of Spanish amber, it is only the third record of a Leptus attached to a host. Records of parasitism are very rare in Cretaceous ambers, unlike in Cenozoic ones. A list of the known records of dipterans parasitized by mites in amber, virtually the only medium that can preserve this relationship in the fossil record, is provided.
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Published on Aug 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Antonio Arillo15
Estimated H-index: 15
(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 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 disco...
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Published on May 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 2.12
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)
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...
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Published on Mar 1, 2016in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Ryszard Szadziewski11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Gdańsk),
Antonio Arillo15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Complutense University of Madrid)
+ 1 AuthorsElżbieta Sontag4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Gdańsk)
Abstract We describe two new species of extinct biting midges in the fossil genus Protoculicoides : Protoculicoides hispanicus Szadziewski and Arillo, sp. nov. and Protoculicodes sanjusti Szadziewski and Arillo, sp. nov. , from Albian (101–113 Ma) amber of San Just, Spain. Atriculicoides Remm, 1976 is recognized as a new junior synonym of Protoculicoides Boesel, 1937 (NEW SYNONYM). Devalquia Choufani et al., 2013 is regarded here as a new junior synonym of the extant genus Culicoides Latreille, ...
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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 Jan 1, 2014
David Penney17
Estimated H-index: 17
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James E. Jepson7
Estimated H-index: 7
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Published on Oct 1, 2012in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Guanghai Shi4
Estimated H-index: 4
(China University of Geosciences),
David A. Grimaldi40
Estimated H-index: 40
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)
+ 6 AuthorsLIXianhua78
Estimated H-index: 78
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
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 Aug 1, 2012in Brazilian Journal of Biology 0.98
Alexandre Igor Azevedo Pereira5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UFV: Universidade Federal de Viçosa),
Marcos Antonio Matiello Fadini9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UFSJ: Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei)
+ 2 AuthorsJosé Eduardo Serrão27
Estimated H-index: 27
(UFV: Universidade Federal de Viçosa)
Ha novos hospedeiros e notas sobre o parasitismo do acaro Leptus (Acari: Erythraeidae) no Brasil. As larvas de acaros da familia Erythraeidae sao ectoparasitas comuns de opilioes (Opiliones). Estudos de insetos como potenciais hospedeiros de acaros eritraideos sao escassos. Individuos de uma especie nova do genero Leptus foram coletados em associacao com percevejos fitofagos e predadores (Heteroptera) em uma floresta secundaria no municipio de Vicosa-Minas Gerais, Brasil. Sao apresentadas inform...
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Published on Feb 29, 2012in Systematic & Applied Acarology 1.73
Antonio Arillo15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Complutense University of Madrid),
Luis S. Subías7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Complutense University of Madrid),
Umukusum Ya. Shtanchaeva6
Estimated H-index: 6
(RAS: Russian Academy of Sciences)
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, 2011in Palaeontology 2.63
Jaime Ortega-Blanco12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Barcelona),
Enrique Peñalver17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)
+ 1 AuthorsMichael S. Engel36
Estimated H-index: 36
(KU: University of Kansas)
: The fauna of false fairy wasps (Proctotrupomorpha: Bipetiolarida: Mymarommatoidea) occurring in Early Cretaceous (Albian) amber from north and north-eastern Spain (Moraza, San Just, and El Soplao outcrops) is described. In total, 12 specimens have been recovered and four species recognized, all new: Alavaromma orchamum gen. nov. and sp. nov. (Alavarommatidae fam. nov.), Archaeromma hispanicum sp. nov. (Mymarommatidae), Galloromma alavaensis sp. nov., and G. turolensis sp. nov. (Gallorommatidae...
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Published on Oct 1, 2010in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 1.67
Uxue Villanueva-Amadoz8
Estimated H-index: 8
(University of Zaragoza),
Denise Pons12
Estimated H-index: 12
(UPMC: 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 Nov 17, 2018in International Journal of Acarology 1.24
Ekaterina A. Sidorchuk9
Estimated H-index: 9
(RAS: Russian Academy of Sciences)
ABSTRACTSmallness being in the essence of a mite, the question is whether it has always been so during the geological history of Acari. Here I assemble measurements of over 260 published mite fossils, distributed from the Early Devonian (410 mya) to the end of the Neogene (5 mya), and compare them to the data available for their extant relatives. A number of fossils are reconsidered: reports of the Ordovician Brachypylina and Permian Astigmata have to be excluded from the fossil record; Jurassic...
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Published on Nov 1, 2018in Cretaceous Research 2.12
Ekaterina A. Sidorchuk9
Estimated H-index: 9
(RAS: Russian Academy of Sciences),
Alexander A. Khaustov1
Estimated H-index: 1
Abstract The oldest-known member of a small parasitic mite family Pterygosomatidae (Trombidiformes: Eleutherengona) was found in the Lower Cretaceous (Albian) amber locality of Archingeay-Les Nouillers in Charente-Maritime, France. The majority of the extant members of the family are obligate parasites of lizards, and only one genus of twelve, Pimeliaphilus Tragardh, 1905, is known to infest arthropods – kissing bugs, scorpions, beetles and cockroaches. The excellent preservation of the fossil, ...
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Published on Oct 23, 2018in Fossil Record 1.34
Jason A. Dunlop10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Museum für Naturkunde),
Konrad Frahnert , Joanna Mąkol7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences)
Abstract. An unusually large acariform mite is described as Immensmaris chewbaccei gen. et sp. nov. from the Cretaceous (ca. 100 Ma) Burmese amber of Myanmar. With an idiosoma plus gnathosoma more than a centimetre long, it represents the largest unequivocal fossil mite ever recorded and approaches the maximum size of the largest living Acariformes today. Although some details of the dorsal idiosoma are equivocal, the new fossil appears to belong to Smarididae (Prostigmata: Parasitengona: Erythr...
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