A new Helicidae (Gastropoda) from the Middle Miocene of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a revision of the genus Paradrobacia

Abstract

We describe a new species of the Ariantinae genus Paradrobacia from the Middle Miocene (Langhian) of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The genus was represented so far only by three species from the Middle Miocene of Austria, the Late Miocene of Greece, and the Pliocene of Germany. Based on the conchological features of all available species, the genus Paradrobacia is revised and its stratigraphic and geographic ranges are evaluated. All species were found in lignites or lignite-bearing marls, which is why the genus is interpreted as an indicator of moist woodland environments. Related Miocene taxa and their systematic status are briefly discussed. Paradrobacia hrvatovici Harzhauser, Mandic and Neubauer n. sp. is introduced as a new species.

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Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Herbert Binder (NHMW) for taxonomic discussions and Ursula Göhlich (NHMW) for collecting the present samples. Many thanks to Sigrid Hof (SMF) and Alice Schumacher (NHMW) for taking the pictures. The constructive reviews by Eike Neubert (Natural History Museum Bern) and Dietrich Kadolsky (Sanderstead, Surrey) improved an earlier draft of the manuscript.

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Harzhauser, M., Mandic, O., Nordsieck, H. et al. A new Helicidae (Gastropoda) from the Middle Miocene of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a revision of the genus Paradrobacia. Palaeobio Palaeoenv 100, 551–559 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12549-018-0344-1

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Keywords

  • Gastropoda
  • Helicidae
  • Miocene
  • Langhian
  • Dinarides
  • Balkan Peninsula