Studies on Carboniferous Insects of Commentry, France: Part III. The Caloneurodea.
Psyche 68:145-153, 1961.
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STUDIES ON CARBONIFEROUS INSECTS OF
COMMENTRY, FRANCE: PART 111.
BY F. M. CARPENTER
This is the third in a series of papers redescribing certain of the Carboniferous insects of the Commentry Basin, France.^ It treats those Commentry species which now appear to belong to the order Caloneurodea. This extinct order was erected by Martynov in 1938 for the Carboniferous family Caloneuridae and for related families represented in Permian deposits of the USSR. It now includes addi- tional families established by Carpenter (1943) for Permian species from Kansas. At the present time seven families are known in the order and of these only one, the Caloneuridae, is of Carboniferous age. The Commentry specimens are by far the most important of the Caloneuridae but Handlii-sch's and Meunier's publications have given us a superficial and confused knowledge of these fossils. The present paper, which is based upon direct study of all the known Commentry material, consists of redescriptions of the fossils and a revision of their taxonomic assignments.
Survey of Commentry Species
A historical account of the Commentry collections and of the gen- eral literature on the insects was included in the first part of this series of papers (Carpenter, 1943). Among the species first described by Brongniart ( 1885) from the Commentry shales was a single speci- men, designated Caloneura dawsoni, and assigned to the family Pal- aeacridiodea of the order Orthoptera. In his later monograph of the Commentry insects ( 1894) Brongniart included drawings of five additional specimens of dawsoni and gave a more extensive account of the genus, which he placed in the same family, designated at that time as Palaeacrididae. Handlirsch, in his 1906 treatise, established the family Caloneuridae for the genus, assigning it to the extinct order Protorthoptera.
'This research has been aided by a grant (NSF-G14099) from the National Science Foundation and by a previous grant (1938) from the Penrose Fund of the American Philosophical Society. I am indebted to the authorities of the Laboratoire de Paleontologic of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris for placing at my disposal the unique collections of Commentry insects in the Museum, both in 1938 and in 1961; and to the authorities of the British Museum (Natural History) for allowing me to examine the Commentry fossils in that institution.
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In 191 7 Lameere, following an examination of the Commentry fossils in the Museum in Paris, placed in the Caloneuridae two species (similis and royeri) which Meunier had originally described (191 I) in the order Paleodictyoptera. At about the same time (1919) Hand- lirsch described four more species of Caloneura, all based on the Com- mentry specimens illustrated in Brongniart's monograph ( I 894). Finally in I 925 Bolton described an additional species (subtilis) from Commentry in the British Museum (Natural History) and also figured a specimen of dawsoni included in the same collection. As a result of my examination of all of these fossils and of addition- al specimens in the Museum in Paris, not previously published upon, I propose the following classification of the Commentry Caloneurodea : Family Caloneuridae Brongniart
Genus Caloneura Brongniart (synonym : Confusio Handlirsch) dawsoni Brongniart (synonyms: picta Handlirsch, major Handlirsch, longicornis Handlirsch, robusta Handlirsch, royeri Meunier) .
Family Apsidoneuridae, new (type species, Apsidoneura flexa Carp., Permian Kansas)
Genus Homaloptila Handlirsch
The Commentry species which Bolton ( 1925) described as Calo- neura subtilis (British Museum [Natural History], type I 7280) is not, in my opinion, a caloneurid or even a member of the order Cal- oneusodea. However, since the poor preservation of the specimen prevents satisfactory determination even to order, I refer this species to Insecta Incertae Sedis.
Family Caloneuridae Handlirsch
Fore and hind wings similar. Sc terminating well before the wing apex; CuA and CUP very close together and nearly parallel; MP forked nearly dichotomously ; 4 anal veins ; cross veins numerous. Body and legs slender'
This family is known only by the genus Caloneura. The Carbon- iferous genera Caloneurella Carp. (Pennsylvania) and Pruvostiella Handl. (Nord, France), both of which have previously been placed here, should probably be included under Caloneurodea Incertae Sedis. Genus Caloneura Brongniart
Caloneura Brongniart, 1885, soc. Amis Sci. Nat. Rouen., 21 59; 1894, Re- cherche~ Hist. Ins. Foss.: 562. Hand'lirsch, 1906, Foss. Ins. : 141. Carpenter, 1943, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts Sci., 75 :69. Confusio Handlirsch, 1919, Denkschr. Acad. Wiss. Wien, 96:37 (New syn- onymy).
Fore wing with a somewhat broader costal space than the hind wing
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and with the costal space abruptly narrowed basally; hind wing narrower at base than the fore wing and with the costal margin nearly straight basally. Rs with five or six main branches, one of these usually having a short distal branch. MP usually forked, CuA and CUP unbranched.
Type species: Caloneuru duwsoni Brolngniart. Confusio was based upon royeri, which Meunier described in the palaeodictyopterous genus Homaloneura, and which I consider a synonym of dawsoni.
Caloneura dawsoni Brongn.
Caloneura dawsoni Brongniart, 1885, Soc. Arnis Sci. Rouen, Bull., 21 :59, pi. , fig. 2; 1894, Recherches Hist. Ins. Foss.,: 562, pi. 36, fig. 5-11. Lameere, 1917, Mus. Nat. Hist. Natur. Bull., 23 :181. Handlirsch, 1919, Denkschr Akad Wiss., 96:35, fig. 36. Bolton, 1925, Brit. Mus. Fossil Insects. 2 :15, fig. 5.
Caloneura picta Handlirsch, 1919, ibid., p. 35, fig. 37. Caloneura major Handlirsch, 1919, ibid., p. 35, figs. 38, 39. Caloneura longicornis Handlirsch, 1919, ibid., p. 35, fig. 40. Caloneura robusta Handlirsch, ibid., p. 36, fig. 41. Homaloneura royeri Meunier, 1911, Bull. Mus. Nat. Hist. Natur., 17:119, fig. 2; 1912, Ann. Paleont., 7:9, pi. 7, fig. 2 ; Larneere, 1917, Mus. Nat. Hist. Natur., Bull., 23 :181.
Confusio royeri Handlirsch, 1919, Denschr. Acad. Wiss., 96:37, fig. 44. This species was originally based on the single specimen figured in Brongniart's 1885 paper but was later known to Brongniart by five additional fossils, all illustrated in his Recherches ( 1894). Five other specimens (here designated as CI -C5), which have not previously been mentioned in the literature, are contained in the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. To these may be added the specimen of dawsoni described by Bolton ( 1925), and the type of royeri Meunier. Since I am convinced for reasons given below that these thirteen specimens, all of which I have been able to examine, are one species (dawsoni), I have used them as a basis of the following account of this insect.
Wings (Figure I ) : The fore wing, which is completely preserved in several specimens, is from 45-48 mrn in length, and from 10-12 mm in width. The type specimen has a fore wing length of 45 mm and a width of 10 mm. The hind wings of the several specimens are about the same dimensions as the fore wings but are somewhat narrowed basally. The costal area of the fore wing narrows abruptly just at the level of the separation of CUP and IA. In the hind wing the costal space is not narrowed at this point, continuing its full width as far as it is preserved in all specimens.
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The general venational pattern is shown in figure I, but this is subject to much individual variation. The subcosta terminates on the costal margin well before the end of RI ; it does not extend to the apex of the wing as shown by Bolton in his drawing of a specimen in the British Museum. The number of main branches of Rs varies from 5 to 6 in the several specimens showing those veins, but usually one of these branches has a short fork, which occurs most often on RZ or R3. The branching varies in the fore and hind wings (and presumably in the right and left wings) of individual insects. In the holotype speci- men (36-5) ', for example, this fork occurs on R3 in the fore wing but on R2 in the hind wing. MP is less variable; it forks broadly at about mid-wing. In only one specimen (C4) does either branch of MP clearly fork again (see figure I ), but in several one or both branches Figure 1. Caloneum dawsoni Brongn. Fore and hind wings based on the holotype and other specimens in the Museum National, Paris. Sc, subcosta (-1; Rl, radius (+I; Rs, radial sector (-); MP1 + 2 and MP3 4- 4, branches of posterior media (-) ; lA, ZA, 3A, 4A, anal veins. appear to have a small, terminal fork. CuA and CUP are consistently unbranched ; the divergence of CUP and IA, near the base of the wing, is either shallow or somewhat broader. The four anal veins are con- sistently present.
The most striking characteristics of the wings of dmson;" are the 'Since the Cornmentry insects in the Museum National are not numbered, I am using here the figure number on Brongniart's plates for the number of the specimen. Hence, specimen 36-5 is the fossil illustrated on Brongniart's plate 36, figure 5.
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markings, as mentioned by Brongniart in his original description. The main veins and most of the cross-veins are margined with dark pig- ment; the veins appear to be very thick but careful examination of the wing shows that the actual veins are only of usual thickness. In addition, nearly all cells of the fore wing contain a dark, irregular pigment spot. The size of the spots varies in different wings but the pattern formed in the wing as a whole is fairly constant. The hind
wings appear to be withoutboth types of these markings; at any rate, no specimens that can clearly be recognized as hind wings show them. In a few fossils some of the wings appeared blotched (as in the holotype, 36-5), but the extreme irregularity of this and its absence in other hind wings strongly indicates that it is the result of preserva- tion.
Body structure: Very little is known of the body structure of dawsoni. Several specimens show fragments and portions of the thorax and four specimens (36-8, 36-9, 36-10, 36-11) include parts of the legs and antennae but the abdomen is entirely unknown. The legs are slender, nearly homonomous and apparently cursorial. The fore and middle legs are about 34 mm long and the hind legs, 45 mm long. The dimensions of the leg segments are given in Table I. The tarsi of all three pairs of legs are about the same length. Femur Tibia
Fore leg 12 mm 10 mm 12 mm
Middle leg 12 mm 10 mm 12 mm
Hind leg 18 mm 15 mm 12 mm
Table I. Dimensions of leg segments in Caloneura dawsoni Brongn. The femora and tibiae of the fore and middle legs are about the same length, but the hind femur and tibia are slightly longer than those of the other pairs. The antennae are obviously long and slender, though they are not completely preserved in any fossil. In specimen 36-10 one antenna is preserved to the edge of the rock containing the speci- men; the preserved part is 55 mm long, which is considerably in excess of the wing length.
So far as known, therefore, the body structure of idawsoni is similar to that of the best-known Permian species, Paleuthygramma tenui- cornis Mart. (see Martynov, I 938b, p. I 26). Synonymy: As mentioned above, Brongniart figured in his Re- cherche~ (1894) five speciments of dawsoni which were not known to him when he described the species in 1885. In 1919 Handlirsch, basing his conclusion on Brongniart's illustrations, established four
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additional species for these fossils: picta, major, longicornis, and robusta. No specific characteristics were even mentioned for robusta and those used for the others involved the nature of the branching of Rs. Having examined all these specimens, I cannot accept any of Handlirsch's species as valid.
Meunier's royeri, originally placed in the paleodictyopterous genus Homdoneura, was transferred to the Caloneui-idae by both Lameere (1917) and Handlirsch (1919)~ the latter making the new genus, Confusio, for it. Meunier's drawing of the fossil (1911, p. 119, fig. 2), although incorrect in many details, was more accurate than Handlii-sch's (1919, p. 37, fig. 44), which was based solely on the small photograph contained in Meunier's later account ( I 9 I 2). The wing, which I have examined at the Paris Museum, is characteristic of dawsoni: Rs has six branches and MP is forked as usual in the species, -not narrowly branched as in Meunier's figure or un- branched as in Handlirsch's. CUP and IA are close together, as usual, not widely separated as represented by Meuniei-. This specimen is clearly dawsoni and since the costal margin is straight (not curved as in Meunier's figure), it is almost certainly a hind wing. Specimens studied: The following is a list of the specimens of dawsoni which are now known and which I have been able to examine. In the Museum National, Paris; (I), no. 36-5, the holotype of daw- soni, consisting of a nearly complete fore wing and two overlapped hind wings. (2), no. 36-7 '(type of picta Handl.), distal two-thirds of a hind wing. (3) ,, no. 36-8 (syntype of major Handl.), a nearly complete insect, with the fore wings overlapped and the hind wings also overlapped ; some parts of thorax and legs. (4), no. 36-9 (type of Zongicornis Hand!.), a wing base, parts of thorax, legs and anten- nae. (5), no. 36-10 (type of robusta Handl.), wing bases, portions of thorax, legs, antennae. (6), no. 36-1 I (syntype of major Hand!.), nearly complete fore wing, basal third of hind wing, parts of thorax and legs. (7), no. CI, two overlapped wings, probably hind, bases absent. (8), no C2, a well reserved fore wing, showing details of fore wing and posterior margin, parts of thorax and legs. (9), no. C3, distal third of a wing, p rob ably hind. (IO), no. C4, a very clear fore wing, and basal parts of a hind, parts of thorax and legs. ( I I ) , no. C5, basal half of a hind wing, posterior margin very clear. (12)) the type of royeri Meunier, a nearly complete hind wing, lacking only the very base. In the British Museum (Natural History), London: 13), no. 17292, consisting of at least three (probably four) over- lapped wings; also parts of thorax and legs, poorly preserved. Bolton
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(1925) was in error in describing a large precostal area in this fossil; he apparently did not realize that more than two wings were over- lapped, resulting in a confused jumble of veins. Apsidoneuridae, new family
Fore and hind wings similar. Sc extending to about the apex of the wing ; CuA and CUP very close together and nearly parallel; MP forked broadly and unevenly, the anterior branch ( MP I 4- 2) arch- ing strongly away from MP 3 + 4 ; 3 anal veins ; cross-veins numerous. Body unknown.
This family is related to the Caloneuridae but differs in the length of Sc, the number of anal veins and the nature of the fork on MP. It is based on the type-genus Apsidoneura Carpenter (Permian, Kan- sas), which was originally placed in the Permian family Paleuthy- grammatidae. Study of additional specimens of Caloneurodea from Permian strata of Oklahoma and of the type of sirnilis from Commen- try has led me to conclude that Apsidoneura and Homaloptila represent a distinct family.
Genus Homaloptila Handlirsch
Homaloptila Handlirsch, 1919, Denkschr. Acad. Wiss., 96:36. Rs with four main branches, one of these usually having a terminal fork; MP 3 + 4 continuing in a nearly straight line the stem MP, which arises from CuA at a considerable distance from the separation of CuA from R. In Apsidoneura, MP arises from R or the junction of R and CuA.
Type-species: Homaloneura similis Meunier. This is the only species known in the genus.
Homaloptila similis (Handlirsch)
Homaloneura similis Meunier, 1911, Bull. Mus. Nat. Hist. Natur., 17:118, fig. 1. 1912, Annal. Paleont., 7:s ; fig. 6 ; pi 6, fig. 5. Hornaloft la similis Handlirsch, 1919, Denkschr. Akad. Wiss. 96:36, fig. 42, 43.
Fore wing: length, 30 mm., maximum width, 7 mm. Rs with four main branches, at least two of which are forked distally. MP I + 2 arched away from MP 3 + 4 as characteristic of the family, but curved strongly towards MP 3 + 4 distally. There is a tendency for the formation of an irregular network of cells in the distal parts of Rs and MP. Base of wing slender but not as slender as in Apsidoneura fiexa. Hind wing: similar to the fore wing in size and venation but having a straight costal margin towards the base. The venational
pattern is shown in figure 2.
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Holotype : Mus6umi National, Paris. This is a well preserved speci- men showing a fore wing and hind wing, their bases overlapped but otherwise independent. The veins are distinct and can be clearly seen under good illumination.
Meunier's drawing of this specimen is incorrect and misleading; he completely overlooked in both wings the fork on MP and the proximi- ty of CuA and CUP. Handlirsch's drawing, based on Meunier's Figure 2. Homaloptila sirnilis (Meunier). Fore and hind wing, based on holotype in Museum National, Paris. Lettering as in figure 1. published photograph, was equally inaccurate, showing the hind wing with a broad anal area. However, even though the wings are slightly overlapped basally, the margins of the wings are distinct. The presence in the Commentry shales of this genus, allied to Apsidoneura, is an interesting example of a Permian element in the Commentry fauna. A similar occurrence was noted (Carpenter, 1943) in the Order Protodonata, the genus Meganeurula of Com- mentry being virtually indistinguishable from the Permian genus Typus.
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