Bitterfeld Amber

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Bitterfeld Amber
Eocene Europe amber map.jpg
Paleogeography of Early-Mid Eocene Europe, showing location of Baltic (labelled Gdansk), Bitterfeld and Ronvo amber deposits.
Age (Ma)
Start: 25.3
End: 23.8
System/Period: Paleogene
Series/Epoch: Eocene
Stage/Age: Bartonian
Location: Baltic Sea region
Country: Europe
Coordinates: 51.6°N, 12.4°E
Genera: 37
Species: 67

Dubovikoff et al. 2020 - Taking into account Protaneuretus mirabilis and Eldermyrmex exsectus that we described from the Bitterfeld amber (Dubovikoff et al., 2019), only 15 of 65 described species of the Bitterfeld ants (23%) are unknown north of the Subparatethys (from Baltic amber) (Dlussky and Rasnitsyn, 2009; Perkovsky, 2016; Radchenko and Dlussky, 2017, 2018a, 2018b); even taking into account a new species of Zherichinius and several other undescribed species of Dolichoderinae and Myrmicinae from Bitterfeld (Perkovsky, 2016) the proportion of Bitterfeld ants unknown north of the Subparatethys is considerably lower than in the Rovno amber: 26 of 71 (37%) of such species are present among the already described ant species from the Rovno amber (Perkovsky, 2018; Radchenko and Perkovsky, 2020).

Genera known from Bitterfeld amber

Species known from Bitterfeld amber

Location of Formation