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Aquatic Insects in Baltic Amber / Wasserinsekten im Baltischen Bernstein

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By: Wilfried Wichard(Author), Carsten Gröhn(Author), F Seredszus(Author)

335 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations

Verlag Kessel

Hardback | Jun 2009 | #177720 | ISBN-13: 9783941300101
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Language: Bilingual in English and German

Approximately 25% of all animal specimens enclosed in Baltic amber belong to the group of aquatic insects. Most of these insects are amphibious and inhabit aquatic ecosystems at least in their larval stages. Like a great palaeontological puzzle, individual inclusions of amber are assembled and create a clear and beautifully elaborate mosaic of nature fifty million years ago, based on the aquatic insect orders Odonata, Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, aquatic Hemiptera (Heteroptera), aquatic Neuroptera, Megaloptera, aquatic Coleoptera, Trichoptera and aquatic Diptera, including Amphipoda and Isopoda amongst the crustaceans, altogether illustrated in Aquatic Insects in Baltic Amber.

A number of fossilised dipteran and neuropteran species of Baltic amber are described for the first time. Interestingly, the high abundance of aquatic insects in Baltic amber is directly related to the genesis of amber. Therefore, one chapter is dedicated to a discussion on the formation of amber and on the palaeoecology of the Eocene "amber forest". In applying the "principle of Actuality", which states that "the present is key to the past", the amber taphocoenosis allow recreations of aquatic systems of the early Tertiary period, fifty million years ago.

In the appendix an updated systematic list of all described aquatic insects and crustaceans of Baltic amber is included as well as an extensive bibliography.


01#Introduction - Einfuehrung
02#Odonata - Damselflies and Dragonflies - Libellen
03#Ephemeroptera - Mayflies - Eintagsfliegen
04#Plecoptera - Stoneflies - Steinfliegen
05#Heteroptera - True Bugs - Wanzen
05.01#Nepomorpha - Water Bugs - Wasserwanzen
05.02#Gerromorpha - Water Striders - Wasserlaufer
06#Megaloptera - Megalopterans - Grossfluegler
07#Neuroptera - Lacewings - Netzfluegler
08#Coleoptera - Beetles - Kafer
09#Trichoptera - Caddisflies - Koecherfliegen
10#Diptera - True Flies - Zweifluegler
10.02#Psychodidae - Moth Flies - Schmetterlingsmuecken
10.03#Tipulidae - Crane Flies - Schnaken
10.05#Limoniidae - Stelzenmuecken
10.07#Tanyderidae - Primitive Crane Flies
10.08#Ptychopteridae - Phantom Crane Flies - Faltenmuecken
10.09#Dixidae - Meniscus Midges - Tastermuecken
10.10#Corethrellidae - Frog-Biting Midges
10.11#Chaoboridae - Phantom Midges - Bschelmuecken
10.12#Culicidae - Mosquitoes - Stechmuecken
10.13#Simuliidae - Black Flies - Kriebelmuecken
10.14#Ceratopogonidae - Biting Midges - Gnitzen
10.15#Chironomidae - Non-Biting Midges - Zuckmuecken
10.16#Suborder Brachycera
11#Crustacea - Crustaceans - Krebstiere
11.01#Ostracoda - Mussel Shrimps - Muschelkrebse
11.02#Isopoda - Slaters - Asseln
11.03#Amphipoda - Amphipods - Flohkrebse
12#List of aquatic insect species in Baltic amber

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