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Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments

, Volume 90, Issue 1, pp 59–64 | Cite as

First finding of fish in the diet of a water-dwelling extinct frog Palaeobatrachus from the Upper Oligocene Fossil-Lagerstätte Enspel (Westerwald Mountains, Western Germany)

  • Michael WuttkeEmail author
  • Markus Poschmann
Original paper

Abstract

Lake Enspel was a deep lake which developed in a small trachytic caldera or a bims volcano. One of two finds of aquatic palaeobatrachid specimens from Enspel contains a fish prey as stomach content, which is described for the first time. At the critical time, the lake was meromictic, eutrophic, and without an outlet. The rarity of such finds of water-dwelling frogs is possibly due to the lake margin vegetation acting as some kind of taphonomic filter.

Keywords

Anura Palaeobatrachus sp. Prey Lacustrine environment Paleogene 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank Zbynek Rocek (Prague) and an anonymous reviewer for valuable comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Generaldirektion Kulturelles Erbe RLP, Direktion LandesarchäologieReferat ErdgeschichteMainzGermay

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