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1 March 2009 Gregarious behaviour in Cretaceous earwig nymphs (Insecta, Dermaptera) from southwestern France
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Abstract

The first earwigs in Early Cretaceous (latest Albian) amber from southwestern France are described and figured. The amber piece in question, ARC-240, contains a complete earwig nymph as well as three partial nymphs preserved in a single piece of fossiliferous resin from Archingeay (Charente-Maritime, France). The morphology of the nymphs is discussed in relation to their possible taxonomic placement as well as their developmental stage. The preservation of so many nymphs in a single piece is curious and comments about the gregarious nature of modern earwigs in relation to the fossil are provided.

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Michael S. Engel "Gregarious behaviour in Cretaceous earwig nymphs (Insecta, Dermaptera) from southwestern France," Geodiversitas 31(1), (1 March 2009). https://doi.org/10.5252/g2009n1a11
Received: 12 October 2007; Accepted: 1 June 2008; Published: 1 March 2009
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