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Supplement to the Burmese (Myanmar) amber checklist and bibliography, 2020

Department of Natural Sciences, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St., Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
General Burmese amber Myanmar Cretaceous insects arachnids invertebrates vertebrates protists plants fungi


This is a supplement to the Burmese (Myanmar) amber checklist and bibliography covering taxa described or recorded during 2020, plus a few earlier records that were missed previously. Up to the end of 2020, 1,859 species were recorded from Kachin amber of which 362 were named in 2020, which is the highest number of species named from any kind of amber in one year. Two species were also named from older Hkamti amber.


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