Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home

New species from Late Cretaceous New Jersey amber and stasis in subfamily Attageninae (Insecta: Coleoptera: Dermestidae)

  • David Peris (a1) and Jiří Háva (a2)

Abstract

A new fossil species of Dermestidae (Insecta: Coleoptera), preserved in Late Cretaceous (Turonian) amber from New Jersey, is described as Attagenus (Aethriostoma) turonianensis n. sp. The specimen is fossilized in translucent amber, but 3D imaging using propagation phase-contrast X-ray synchrotron microtomography allowed detailed classification and description. This species is the oldest representative of the subfamily Attageninae and the third fossil species described in the family from the entire Mesozoic. Dermestidae comprise beetle species that typically feed on carcasses, although some Recent species of Attagenus Latreille, 1802 are known to feed on plant debris, which is highly abundant in amber deposit sediments. This new species is evidence for diversification in the family during the Early Cretaceous as well as long morphological conservation of diagnostic features of the genus Attagenus from the Late Cretaceous. Analyzing the taxa from Mesozoic ambers that show stasis, the small size of the specimens together with a specific ecology could explain the stability of these lineages.

Copyright

References

Hide All
Bai, M., Zhang, W., Ren, D., Shi, C., and Yang, X., 2015, Hybosorus ocampoi: The first hybosorid from the Cretaceous Myanmar amber (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea): Organisms Diversity and Evolution, v. 16, p. 233240, doi:10.1007/s13127-015-0245-3.
Bellamy, C.L., 1995, Buprestidae (Coleoptera) from amber deposits: A brief review and family switch: The Coleopterists Bulletin, v. 49, p. 175177.
Blackburn, T., 1903, Further notes on Australian Coleoptera, with descriptions of new genera and species: Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, v. 27, p. 91182.
Bouchard, P., et al, 2011, Family-group names in Coleoptera (Insecta): ZooKeys, v. 88, p. 1972.
Casey, T.L., 1900, Review of the American Corylophidae, Cryptophagidae, Tritomidae and Dermestidae, with other studies: Journal of the New York Entomological Society, v. 8, p. 51172.
Chatzimanolis, S., Newton, A.F., Soriano, C., and Engel, M.S., 2013, Remarkable stasis in a phloeocharine rove beetle from the Late Cretaceous of New Jersey (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae): Journal of Paleontology, v. 87, p. 177182.
Christopher, R.A., 1979, Normapolles and triporate pollen assemblages from the Raritan and Magothy formations (Upper Cretaceous) of New Jersey: Palynology, v. 3, p. 73121.
Clarke, D.J., and Chatzimanolis, S., 2009, Antiquity and long-term morphological stasis in a group of rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae): Description of the oldest Octavius species from Cretaceous Burmese amber and a review of the Euaesthetine subgroup fossil record: Cretaceous Research, v. 30, p. 14261434.
Cockerell, T.D.A., 1917a, Arthropods in Burmese amber: Psyche, v. 24, p. 4045.
Cockerell, T.D.A., 1917b, Insects in Burmese amber: Annals of the Entomological Society of America, v. 10, p. 323329.
Cognato, A.I., and Grimaldi, D.A., 2009, 100 million years of morphological stasis in bark beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae): Systematic Entomology, v. 34, p. 93100.
Emery, C., 1886, Ueber Phylogenie und Systematik der Insekten: Biologisches Centralblatt, v. 5, p. 648656.
Erichson, W.F., 1848, Naturgeschichte der Insekten Deutschlands. Erste Abtheilung. Coleoptera. dritter band, III, Berlin, Germany, Nicolaischen Buchhandlung, 968 p.
Friis, E.M., Crane, P.R., and Pedersen, K.R., 2011, Early flowers and angiosperm evolution, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 585 p.
Grimaldi, D.A., and Engel, M.S., 2005, Evolution of the insects, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 755 p.
Grimaldi, D.A., and Nascimbene, P.C., 2010, Raritan (New Jersey) amber, in Penney, D., ed., Biodiversity of Fossils in Amber from Major World Deposits, Manchester, UK, Siri Scientific Press, p. 167191.
Grimaldi, D.A., Shedrinsky, A., and Wampler, T., 2000, A remarkable deposit of fossiliferous amber from the Upper Cretaceous (Turonian) of New Jersey, in Grimaldi, D.A., ed., Studies on Fossils in Amber, with Particular Reference to the Cretaceous of New Jersey, Leiden, Netherlands, Backhuys Publishers Leiden, p. 176.
Grimaldi, D.A., Engel, M.S., and Nascimbene, P.C., 2002, Fossiliferous Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (Burma): Its rediscovery, biotic diversity, and paleontological significance: American Museum Novitates, v. 3361, p. 171.
Háva, J., 2015, World Catalogue of Insects. Vol. 13. Dermestidae (Coleoptera), Leiden, Netherlands, Brill, 419 p.
Kirejshuk, A.G., and Azar, D., 2009, New beetles of Polyphaga (Coleoptera, Polyphaga) from Lower Cretaceous Lebanese amber: Denisia, v. 26, p. 119130.
Kirejtshuk, A.G., and Azar, D., 2013, Current knowledge of Coleoptera (Insecta) from the Lower Cretaceous Lebanese amber and taxonomical notes for some Mesozoic groups: Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews, v. 6, p. 103134.
Kirejtshuk, A.G., Kurvatov, S.A., and Nel, A., 2015, A new species of the genus Clidicus from the Lower Cretaceous of France (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scydmaeninae): Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS, v. 319, p. 508514.
Kiselyova, T., and McHugh, J.V., 2006, A phylogenetic study of Dermestidae (Coleoptera) based on larval morphology: Systematic Entomology, v. 31, p. 469507.
Lak, M., Néraudeau, D., Nel, A., Cloetens, P., Perrichot, V., and Tafforeau, P., 2008, Phase contrast X-ray synchrotron imaging: Opening access to fossil inclusions in opaque amber: Microscopy and Microanalysis, v. 14, p. 251259.
Latreille, P.A., 1802, Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes. Ouvrage faisant suite à l’histoire naturelle générale et particulière, composée par Leclerc de Buffon, et rédigée par C.S. Sonnini, membre de plusieurs sociétés savantes. Familles naturelles des genres, Paris, France, F. Dufart, 467 p.
Latreille, P.A., 1807, Genera crustaceorum et insectorum secundum ordinem naturalem in familias disposita, iconibus exemplisque plurimis explicata, Paris, France, A. Koenig, 258 p.
Lawrence, J.F., Hastings, A.M., Dallwitz, M.J., Paine, T.A., and Zurcher, E.J., 1999, Beetles of the world: A key and information system for families and subfamilies. Version 1.0 for MS-Windows [Computer software], Melbourne, Australia, CSIRO Publishing.
Lawrence, J.F., Beutel, R.G., Leschen, R.A.B., and Ślipiński, S.A., 2010, Glossary of morphological terms, in Leschen, R.A.B., and Beutel, R.G., eds., Handbook of Zoology. Volume 2: Morphology and Systematics (Elateroidea, Bostrichiformia, Cucujiformia partim), Berlin, Germany, Walter de Gruyter, p. 920.
Linnaeus, C., 1758, Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymies, Locis, Stockholm, Sweden, L. Salvius, 824 p.
Liu, Y., Shi, H., Cai, C., Liang, H., and Huang, D., 2015, The first record of Cretaceous ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Oodini) from Burmese amber: Cretaceous Research, v. 52, p. 427430.
Maksoud, S., Granier, B., Azar, D., Gèze, R., Paicheler, J.-C., and Moreno-Bedmar, J.A., 2014, Revision of “Falaise de Blanche” (Lower Cretaceous) in Lebanon, with the definition of a Jezzinian Regional Stage: Carnets de Géologie, v. 14, p. 401427.
Martínez-Delclòs, X., Briggs, D., and Peñalver, E., 2004, Taphonomy of insects in carbonates and amber: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 203, p. 1964.
Motschulsky, V.I., 1868, Genres et espéces d´insectes, publiés dans différentis ouvrages, St. Petersburg, Russia, Des horae Sociatatis Entomologicae Rossicae, 118 p.
Mroczkowski, M., 1958, New names in the family Dermestidae (Coleoptera): Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia, v. 2, p. 557561.
Najarro, M., Peñalver, E., Rosales, I., Pérez-de la Fuente, R., Daviero-Gomez, V., Gomez, B., and Delclòs, X., 2009, Unusual concentration of Early Albian arthropod bearing amber in the Basque-Cantabrian Basin (El Soplao, Cantabria, Northern Spain): Palaeoenvironmental and palaeobiological implications: Geologica Acta, v. 7, p. 363387.
Nascimbene, P., and Silverstein, H., 2000, The preparation of fragile Cretaceous ambers for conservation and study of organismal inclusions, in Grimaldi, D.A., ed., Studies on Fossils in Amber, with Particular Reference to the Cretaceous of New Jersey, Leiden, Netherlands, Backhuys Publishers Leiden, p. 93102.
Peris, D., 2016, Cretaceous beetles in amber. http://www.cretaceousbeetlesinamber.com/.
Peris, D., Delclòs, X., Soriano, C., and Perrichot, V., 2014a, The earliest occurrence and remarkable stasis of the family Bostrichidae (Coleoptera: Polyphaga) in Cretaceous Charentes amber: Palaeontologica Electronica, v. 17, 8 p. http://www.palaeo-electronica.org/content/2014/706-new-cretaceous-auger-beetle.
Peris, D., Kolibáč, J., and Delclòs, X., 2014b, Cretamerus vulloi gen. et sp. nov., an exceptionally well-preserved bark-gnawing beetle (Coleoptera: Trogossitidae) from the Cretaceous amber: Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, v. 12, p. 879891.
Peris, D., Thayer, M.K., and Néraudeau, D., 2014c, Oldest Omaliini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Omaliinae) discovered in the opaque Cretaceous amber of Charentes: Annals of the Entomological Society of America, v. 107, p. 902910.
Peris, D., Philips, T.K., and Delcòs, X., 2015, Ptinid beetles from the Cretaceous gymnosperm- dominated forests: Cretaceous Research, v. 52, p. 440452.
Peris, D., Ruzzier, E., Perrichot, V., and Delclòs, X., 2016, Evolutionary and paleobiological implications of Coleoptera (Insecta) from Tethyan-influenced Cretaceous ambers: Geoscience Frontiers, v. 7, p. 695–706.
Perreau, M., and Tafforeau, P., 2011, Virtual dissection using phase-contrast X-ray synchrotron microtomography: Reducing the gap between fossils and extant species: Systematic Entomology, v. 36, p. 573580.
Perrichot, V., Nel, A., and Néraudeau, D., 2004, Two new wedge-shaped beetles in Albo-Cenomanian ambers of France (Coleoptera: Ripiphoridae: Ripiphorinae): European Journal of Entomology, v. 101, p. 577581.
Pic, M., 1916, Notes et descriptions abrégées diverses: Mélanges Exotico-Entomologiques, v. 17, p. 28.
Reitter, E., 1881, Die aussereuropäischen Dermestiden meiner Sammlung. Mit 70 diagnosen neuer Arten: Verhandlungen Naturforschenden Vereines Brünn, v. 19, p. 2760.
Reitter, E., 1899, Abbildungen und Beschreibungen neuer oder wenig gekannter Coleopteren aus der Palaearctichen Fauna: Wiener Entomologische Zeitung, v. 18, p. 282287.
Riedel, A., Rolo, T.D.S., Cecilia, A., and Van de Kamp, T., 2012, Sayrevilleinae Legalov, a newly recognised subfamily of fossil weevils (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea, Attelabidae) and the use of synchrotron microtomography to examine inclusions in amber: Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 165, p. 773794.
Schlüter, T., 1978, Zur Systematik und Palökologie harzkonservierter Arthropoda einer Taphozönose aus dem Cenomanium von NW Frankreich, A: Geologie und Paläontologie: Berliner Geowissenschaftliche Abhandlungen, v. 9, p. 1150.
Shi, G., Grimaldi, D.A., Harlow, G.E., Wang, J., Wang, J., Wang, M., Lei, W., Li, Q., and Li, X., 2012, Age constraint on Burmese amber based on U-Pb dating of zircons: Cretaceous Research, v. 37, p. 155163.
Simpson, G.G., 1944, Tempo and Mode in Evolution, New York, New York, Columbia University Press, 238 p.
Ślipiński, S.A., Leschen, R.A.B., and Lawrence, J.F., 2011, Order Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758, in Zhang, Z.-Q., ed., Animal Biodiversity: An Outline of Higher-Level Classification and Survey of Taxonomic Richness: Zootaxa, v. 3148, p. 203208.
Soriano, C., et al, 2010, Synchrotron X-ray imaging of inclusions in amber: Comptes Rendus Palevol, v. 9, p. 361368.
Tafforeau, P., et al, 2006, Applications of X-ray synchrotron microtomography for non-destructive 3D studies of palaeontological specimens: Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, v. 83, p. 195202.
Yamamoto, S., 2016, The first fossil of dasycerine rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) from Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber: Phylogenetic implications for the omaliine group subfamilies: Cretaceous Research, v. 58, p. 6368.

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed