The first fossil representative of the water strider subfamily Ptilomerinae (Heteroptera: Gerromorpha: Gerridae) in the Oligocene paleolake of Murs (southern France) with some palaeoecological considerations

  • Oligoptilomera luberonensis gen. et sp. nov., first fossil representative of the gerrid subfamily Ptilomerinae, is described and figured from the Oligocene of Murs (Vaucluse, Southern France). Extant Ptilomerinae live in streams in warm climates, of the Indo-Malaysian, eastern Palaearctic, and Papouan regions. The discovery of this Oligocene French Ptilomerinae is in accordance with the putative age of the subfamily, at least older than the Eocene, and with the Indo-Malaysian affinities previously recorded for some other insects from the Oligocene of France. The two insect assemblages of Murs and Céreste are compared and the differences discussed. Although of similar ages, that from Murs was possibly corresponding to a more shallow water paleolake than that of Céreste.

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Author:André NelORCiD, Bastien MennecartORCiDGND, Tamara SpasojevicORCiD, Alexandra ViertlerORCiD, Olivier MaridetORCiD, Loïc CosteurORCiD, Romain GarrousteORCiD, Pauline CosterORCiD
Parent Title (German):European journal of taxonomy
Series (Serial Number):European journal of taxonomy : EJT (888:124–136)
Publisher:Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Place of publication:Paris
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2023/08/15
Date of first Publication:2023/08/15
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2023/08/30
Tag:Hemiptera; Insecta; biogeography; fossil record; paleoecology
Page Number:13
First Page:124
Last Page:136
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 56 Fossilien, Paläontologie / 560 Paläontologie; Paläozoologie
5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0