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Study Findings from Natural History Museum Broaden Understanding of Systematic Entomology [Fossil water striders in Cretaceous French amber...

July 29, 2014



Study Findings from Natural History Museum Broaden Understanding of Systematic Entomology [Fossil water striders in Cretaceous French amber (Heteroptera: Gerromorpha: Mesoveliidae and Veliidae)]

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Research findings on Life Science Research are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting from Copenhagen, Denmark, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Fossil gerromorphan bugs from the Cretaceous (Albian-Cenomanian boundary) amber of Charentes, SW France, are reviewed. A larva described by Perrichot et al. (2005) as incertae familiae within the Gerromorpha is now placed in the Mesoveliidae."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Natural History Museum, "Three new genera and species are also described and illustrated: Emilianovelia audax Solorzano Kraemer & Perrichot, gen. et sp.n., and Malenavelia videris Solorzano Kraemer & Perrichot, gen. et sp.n., which are placed in the Mesoveliidae: Mesoveliinae; and Arcantivelia petraudi Solorzano Kraemer & Perrichot, gen. et sp.n., which is the first Mesozoic member of the Veliinae. The relationships between these fossils and their palaeoecology are discussed. The new discoveries confirm the antiquity of the semi-aquatic gerromorphans, particularly the clade (Veliidae+Gerridae). The habitat is described as aquatic and likely marine-influenced, yet adaptation to a fully marine habitat in these gerromorphans remains difficult to establish."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "This published work has been registered in ZooBank, http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:F8C034B8-7BD0-4C03-B8FC-CD81D75C7001."

For more information on this research see: Fossil water striders in Cretaceous French amber (Heteroptera: Gerromorpha: Mesoveliidae and Veliidae). Systematic Entomology, 2014;39(3):590-605. Systematic Entomology can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Systematic Entomology - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-3113)

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.M.S. Kraemer, Nat Hist Museum Denmark, Lab Mol Systemat, Copenhagen, Denmark. Additional authors for this research include V. Perrichot, C. Soriano and J. Damgaard (see also Life Science Research).

Keywords for this news article include: Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe, Life Science Research

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