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The diversity of Odonata and their endophytic ovipositions from the Upper Oligocene Fossillagerstätte of Rott (Rhineland, Germany)

Author(s): Julián F. Petrulevičius | Torsten Wappler | André Nel | Jes Rust

Journal: ZooKeys
ISSN 1313-2989

Volume: 130;
Start page: 67;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Insect reproduction | plant-insect interactions | Zygoptera | Odonata | palaeoecology | Oligocene | Rott

A commented list of fossil Odonata from the Oligocene outcrop of Rott is given, together with descriptions of new traces of oviposition in plant tissues, very similar to ichnotaxa already known from the early Eocene Laguna del Hunco floras of Patagonia. The joint presences of odonatan larvae and traces of oviposition demonstrate the autochthony of these insects in the palaeolake of Rott, confirming the existence of a diverse and abundant aquatic entomofauna, a situation strikingly different to that in the contemporaneous Oligocene palaeolake of Céreste (France).
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