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Chiapas Amber (Mexico)

Item 1

Shells of terrestrial snails (Gastropoda: Pulmonata and Prosobranchia) are rare in amber.  Shells of terrestrial snails in Mexican amber have been identified as Spiraxis sp. (Spiraxidae), a member of the Ferussaciidae.   Shells are some of the rarest fossils in amber.  They are normally very small and very rare.

Snails are indicative of a tropical or subtropical climates which  include Hispaniola and other Antillean islands in their present-day ranges.

This particular piece of amber reminds me of a brick. It is about 2 inches long by .75 x .75 inches.   Quite an attractive piece of amber.

Here is a scanned image of the snail next to a ruler so you can see the actual size.

$730

Item 2

I sometimes find in amazing what is really found in amber.  Here is a piece with a lot of mammalian hair.  Looks like a rather good sized tuft of hair was yanked out of the mammal when it brushed up against the tree (and pulled away from the tree).

In addition to all the hair follicles, there are a bunch of animals in the amber.  Looks like a planthopper, Homoptera, Fulgoridea next to the hair.  There are some springtails in the hair.  The springtails are large, not like the normal small ones.  Not far away is a half dozen or more of tropical stingless bees, Hymenoptera,  Apidae:Melipodidae.  On the bees, you can even see the facets of the eyes.  They are beautiful.

There is even a biting midge, Diptera, Chironopdidae,  what may be a pleasing fungus beetle, Coleoptera, Erotylidae, an unknown beetle larvae and a lot more (even has a fungus gnat).  This is a large piece of amber 2 inches x 1.5 x 1 inch,  44 grams is weight.

A beautiful piece that will be cherished since it tells such an interesting story and is in such good shape.  By the way, this is priced very well, you will never find a better and/or cheaper specimen.

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$950

Item 3

There are a lot of things that I really like in amber, spider's webs are at the top of the list.  It is just cool stuff.  This piece has a lot of the spider web still in the amber.....not all pushed together, but as if someone gently laid down the web in the resin.   Not only that, but the spider is here also.  This is a fantastic piece.

It is about 1.5 x 1 x .5 inches in size and weighs 10 grams.

You are going to love this piece.  Fun to investigate where the web strands really go.  Enjoy.

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$450

Item 4

Try as you may, you will never see another mushroom up for sale.  It seems that since they are soooo rare, every mushroom is worth a write up in any scientific journal.  and this one is so good.

In the forest floor, here and there among the lichens and mosses flourished mushrooms and strange branching clusters of fungi know as dead man's fingers.  The fruiting structures of these fungi probably never lasted for more than a day or two, just long enough for them to release spores.  This tiny mushroom is probably one of the smallest members of the inky cap family,  It probably was clustered together with others of its kind on the bark of the algarrobo tree.

Mushrooms are just so rare that I never thought I would have one up for sale- not to mention that this is a beautiful specimen.

Here is a scanned image of the mushroom next to a ruler so you can see the actual size.

Hard to believe, but the price on this rare, rare specimen is fantastic (to the good).

 

$5,500

Item 5

It is so seldom that one finds full leaves in amber.  This large piece has a nice leaf on one side (full leaf) and many partial specimens.  The piece is good sized, 3 x 2.5 x 5. inches.  There is a lot of forest debris inside, but you can easily see the leaves in the amber.

Not many animals, the is at least 1 fungus gnat and what may be some type of weevil.

The piece is good and the price is rather low for having a full leaf in the amber.

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$650

Item 6

There are only 50 or 60 amber scorpions in the world today.  The picture above shows one of the most beautiful scorpions ever found, with slightly open pincers and a raised stinger that presents a perfect picture.  Its body is about .7 inches long.  Before mating, the male and female engage their pincers and move back and forth as if dancing.  When the male drops its sperm capsule, the female picks it up and keeps it for fertilization.  You specimens are often carried on the back of the mothers until they become mature.

Probably family Buthidae, this specimen is seen best from the ventral side.  This is as rare as they get and it is priced as an unbelievable deal for anyone.

 

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$2,900

Item 7

Large is an understatement.  This is huge.  In fact it is the largest piece of Mexican amber that I have ever seen (or even heard of).  It weighs 8.12 kg (17.1 pounds).....really.  In fact I am going to say that this is the largest piece of Mexican amber, anywhere.  The pieces are normally just small, this one is a behemoth.  If anyone does know of a largest specimen, I would like to know it.

This is a world class museum specimen.  It is something like 15 inches x 5 inches x 10 inches.

Not only is it large (understatement), but it is clear throughout.  Using the light, this is a solid, VERY clear, just a magnificent piece of amber.  The pictures are amazing of this special piece.

Truly the highlight of anyone's collection, this will hold the supreme spot for amber, anywhere - even in the largest of museums.  We are so happy to be able to offer this at a very good price.  It should retail for around $11 USD per gram, but we want to keep prices fair. We did get this at a great price so we can turn around and offer it to you at a very impressive price for this museum specimen.

$28,300

Loaned out for scientific study.

Item 8

I have never seen a flower like this one.  It looks like a delicate flower floating in a sea of amber.  This specimen is one that catches your eye and then your imagination.   Not the slightest idea what type of flower, this is a lacy, 'floating' delicate specimen in a very clear piece of Chiapas amber.  You will enjoy all the pictures of this one.

Now to add a bit of mystery to this offer: right on top of the flower (and not attached to it) is an unknown artifact.  I have looked carefully at this and I really think it may be a scale.  Furthermore, it looks like a ganoid scale.  I highly doubt it is, but going back to my college days, that is what I was taught they looked like.  Maybe this is just a scale from a reptilian?  It is very unusual and I am not sure.

This is quite the piece.  Even without the "scale" this is one specimen that captures your eye and you cannot look away.  I do not know any other way to state it.  The large picture at the bottoms shows the position of the scale relative to the flower.

Here is a scanned image of the flower next to a ruler so you can see the actual size.

Pieces like this do not come along very often.  Special is an understatement.  Enjoy looking at the pictures.

 

$3,500

Item 9

Rather nice sized chunk of Chiapas amber.  There are at least 4 small leaves in this piece.  Makes a very nice picture.  Also what may be a stick is going through the amber.   Finally there is a good sized fly on one side of the amber.

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$150

Item 10

Here is what I think about when I see this piece:  The stalactites in caves.  Drip, drip and more drips.............you can see the drips of the resin extruded from the tree.  Wave upon wave rolls down the side of the resin stalactite. The resin hardens over the following weeks and months.  Then the massive flow happens, encasing the smaller stalactite. in a larger flow.

The perfect example of this occurring.  You can actually see original flows of the resin stalactite.  Really a beautiful specimen.  A great learning piece of amber.

The piece is about 1.5 x 1 x .25 inches.

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$180

Item 11

This is a beautiful piece.  Perfect shape, huge bean shape and very clear.  There is nothing else inside this beauty except  the 'pooh'.  It must have been a rather large animal since this is not what I would call small for coprolites in amber.

The coprolite is on one plane which gives a rather unique look to the piece.

This is large enough to be made into a pendant - which I must share the following with you:  I can see it now, the response, "YOU GAVE ME A PIECE OF ****" for a present!

It is a good piece and you cannot go wrong with this.

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$450

Item 12

Mantids (or mantis) are characterized by a lengthened thorax (chest) and a head that can turn 180 degrees.  They typically carry their barbed front legs in an attack position.  It looks like a praying position, giving them the nickname "praying mantis."  They could very well be called "praying mantis" because they are fierce and fearless, attacking prey from insects to small animals like lizards.  The female often devours the male after mating; this also occurs between nymphs.  They are very rare in amber and prized by collectors.

The amber is clear and about 1.25 x 1  x .5 inches.  The mantis is just off center.  The mantis has beautiful features, you can see the facets of the eye (microscope) and the entire body very well. On the other side of the mantis is a fungus gnat, Diptera: Mycetophylidae.  Also there is a medium sized spider.

Here is a scanned image of the praying mantis next to a ruler so you can see the actual size.

Insect Order Phasmida (the stick or leaf insects) is believed to have appeared in the Lower Triassic and is one of the most interesting Orders in Subphylum Insecta. They are a poignant example of the innovation of natural selection in creating stealth for survival. They typically are either stick-like or leaf-like in appearance, (this one is a stick)  a camouflage or mimicry that is their common characteristic; many will also play possum for hours. "Phasmid" is derived from the Latin term for phantom (phasma), and finding them in the wild can be very difficult for even an experienced collector. You might correctly guess then, that fossil Phasmida are exceedingly rare -- hence the paucity of specimens. They do not have their hindlegs adapted for jumping as in the closely related order Orthoptera (grasshoppers, katydids, crickets and relatives). Unlike many insects, they make superb pets. A phasmid will usually live from one to two years, depending on the species. Sexual dimorphism is usually extreme with diminutive males. Some species are completely or partially parthenogenetic. They extend their evolutionary stealth to their eggs that are large and often closely resemble plant seeds This allows the females to lay viable eggs without a mate; indeed there are some species in which males are unknown to exist. Some 2500 species of Phasmids are extant.

$1,650

Item 13

Orthopterans have strong back legs and muscles, features that allow them to jump high and far.  Their thorax looks like a saddle. The organs on both sides of a grasshopper's first abdominal segment are for hearing, while crickets have the hearing organs on their front legs.   Crickets and some grasshoppers rub one front wing against the other to make their well-known rasping sound.

Crickets can be seen is amber since their jumping around makes it easy for them to become victims of resin.  Larger cricket specimens in amber attract many collectors.

This specimen is about 2.25 x 1.25 x .25 inches.  The amber is clear and the cricket is large.  There is a beautiful full leaf in one portion of the amber.

Here is a scanned image of the cricket next to a ruler so you can see the actual size.

$465

Item 14

Mosquitoes are exceedingly rare in amber.  I find mosquitoes maybe 2 times a year.  They are just so rare that I never expect to find any in the many thousands of pieces that I run across.

If you have ever cut down a pine tree and noticed the beautiful smell that emanates from cut surface, you will understand why so many insects are attracted by the odor.  Mosquitoes are not attracted to the smell, the go for carbon dioxide and heat.  Because of that you will not find mosquitoes in amber.  When you do run across the exceptional piece that has a mosquito, it has been caught in the resin  by happen chance, not by design.

In this piece there is a perfect female mosquito (family Culicidae) and a male (possible genus of Culex).  Both sexes have a proboscis, which the males (and sometimes females) use for obtaining plant juices, but the females are blood suckers.  You can ID the mosquito as a male because the antennae are plumose (hairy).  Please note that once seldom sees one mosquito, much less two, much less a male AND a female.  This is just unheard of.  By the way there is another female mosquito in this piece, but it is hard to see and hard to identify.

There is also a lot of other stuff inside this piece.  A couple female worker ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, a large wasp, Hymenoptera and a small wasp, 2 fungus gnats, Diptera, Mycetophilidae and a tropical stingless bee.  There are is more inside this amber also.  You are going to have great fun looking at it.

The piece is uniform flat, about .25 inches thick by 2.25  x 1.4 inches.  So this is a nice sized piece.

Here is a scanned image of the snail next to a ruler so you can see the actual size.

 

$2,150

Item 15

This is one of the most superior pieces I have ever seen.  There is nothing like this anywhere.  In fact we are willing to state that this will never be found again, that this sets the standard for all  walking sticks found in the future.  This is a very large walking stick in Mexican amber.  The animal is about 2 cm long.  It is something that takes my breath away when I look at it.

This is a very rare walking stick, Phasmatodea located in a very large piece of amber.  This is 139 grams (quarter pound) of pure amber.  This Mexican amber has a good color and a multitude of miscellaneous animals.

Among other things, there are some leaves,  some beetle larvae (one looks like a meal worm larvae (it is not though).   Caddis Fly, Trichoptera, winged termite showing all 4 wings, gnats, lots of spiders and still even more.  This is quite the piece.

The piece is irregular, about 5 inches x 3 x 1 inches.  It weighs 139 grams (about 1/4 pound).  This is a nice sized piece.

$6,650

Item 16

The Micropezidae are a moderate-sized family of acalyptrate muscoid flies in the insect order Diptera.  Insects in this family are commonly called stilt-legged flies, after their characteristically long legs.

Stilt-legged flies are found in Baltic amber and rarely in Dominican.  As far as I know, there have been no reported occurrences of stilt-legged flies in Mexican (Chiapas) amber.  This is a first.  I also think that this specimen is worthy of a paper due to no reported specimens  in Chiapas amber.

The Stilt-legged fly in this piece is rather large, almost an inch long.

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$285

Item 17

Members of this group are often confused with mayflies.  At rest, adult stoneflies fold their wings flat over their abdomen whereas mayflies usually hold their wings vertically.

Stoneflies are found rarely in amber.  In fact, I know of no other stoneflies in Mexican amber.  They have been identified in Baltic and one has been ID'ed in Burmite amber.  This is the first time I have ever seen an adult stonefly at all.

Stoneflies date back to the Permian and are of interest for their many archaic features.

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$950

Item 18

Orthopterans have strong back legs and muscles, features that allow them to jump high and far.  Their thorax looks like a saddle. The organs on both sides of a grasshopper's first abdominal segment are for hearing, while crickets have the hearing organs on their front legs.   Crickets and some grasshoppers rub one front wing against the other to make their well-known rasping sound.

Crickets can be seen is amber since their jumping around makes it easy for them to become victims of resin.  Larger cricket specimens in amber attract many collectors.

I do believe that this is a nymph of long-horned orthopterans (Ensifera).  The actual cricket, from antennae to end of leg is rather large, almost .5 inches.  That (size description) is misleading since the cricket's leg and antennae are thin.

This specimen is about 1.25 x 1 x .6 inches.  The amber is clear and the cricket is large.  This cricket is in 12.1 grams of beautifully clear Mexican amber.  This is a particularly fine specimen.

Here is a scanned image of the cricket.   This is a nice piece.

$980

Item 19

Fairly clear piece  with an assassin bug.  These are in the family Reduviidae; bloodsucking  conenose, parasitic on mammals.  In 1835 Charles Darwin , in western Argentina was bitten by a similar insect and contracted Chagas' disease.  This particular on might be in the genus Empicoris.

Assassin bugs are in the order Hemiptera (true bugs).  This order has a variety of families that differ greatly from each other in form.  They do however, have common morphological features.  All true bugs, for example, have long beaks  that are used to suck plant juices or body fluids of insects and even mammal blood.

The piece is about 1.0 x 1.6 x .25 inches in size.    There are air bubbles that come in layers.  The layer of the assassin bug is clear, allowing good observation of the animal.

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$340

Item 20

Silverfish, Pseudoscorpion & Huntsman

I am not sure what to highlight on this.  All three are rare.  the silverfish (order Thysanura) and pseudoscorpion (order Chelonethida) as very rare animals to find in amber.  With the silverfish, you can see the entire body and the very long, two cerci and central longer,  terminal filament at the tips of its abdomen.  You just do not see them like this very often.  The order Thysanura, in particular, may be the direct ancestor of winged insects.

The pseduoscorpion is particularly large.  Both claws are easy to see and the body is good sized.  Pseudoscorpions will command a large price by themselves, much less with silverfish and huntsman.

I love the huntsman (daddy-long-legs).  All the legs are easy to see and then animal is just plain beautiful.

There are beetles, a few ants and wasps also in this attractive piece. There is a fly with what looks like a mosquito larvae (it is not though).

This is a large chunk of amber, almost 3 x 1.5 x .5 inches in size (scanned image shows it well.)

The piece is about 1.5 x 1 x .25 inches.

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$375

Item 21

It is interesting that amphipods are found in Mexican amber because they are generally associated with an aquatic or semi aquatic habitat.  They do occur today in warm, moist terrestrial habitats and that is probably the type of environment utilized by the genus found in Mexican amber, Palcogammarus.

The piece of amber is not real large, about .75 x .3 x .3 inches.  The rolly-poly is perfect.  Probably the best I have ever seen in any amber.

If Isopoda is your thing, you will love this piece, it is great.

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$850

Item 22

This is a fascinating piece of amber.  It is 66 grams in weight, has a red tinge to it and is about 2.5 x 2 x 1 inches in size.  There is very nice 3/4 of a full leaf.......but hang on, there is more.  There is a set of lizard hips with the tail.

Hard to believe but it is there.  You will enjoy the pictures.  Bottom line, we offer you a rare set of lizard hips that are on top of a leaf.  Not only that, but we are offering them at a price that is difficult to turn down.

This is just as rare as it gets.

 

$990

Item 23

Three guesses as to what this is - and the first two do not count.  Yes, this is a crop of hair - mammalian hair.  You can even see what I am going to guess as 'hair roots'.   The hair is uniform, slightly kinky and just thrilling to look at.  Just imagine that 20 million years ago a small mammal pushed up against some stick resin and when it pulled away, left some of the hairs from its body.   How cool - I would love to know what animal this was.  There is an unknown fly and a head of an ant in this amber also. For the quality of this specimen, the price is very good. By the way, the shape of this lends itself to be made into a pendant, that would be unreal.

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$190

Item 24

This is a hand made sphere of real Mexican amber.  It is about 1 1/8 inches in diameter - or about 28 mm.  I can see an artist using this as an 'anchor' in a beautiful necklace.

Inside is some very interesting inclusions.  There is a very nice tropical stingless bee, Hymenoptera.   There is also what I think is a small Diptarian (nice way of saying I do not know for sure).  Both of these animals are attached to part of a spider's web.  It really is cool looking.

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SOLD

Item 25

This is the perfect example that something does not have to be large in order to be really sharp.  This is about a .5 inch cube (one side is less than .5).  This is one of those pieces that has a 'life' of its own.  There is a single leaf in the middle.  You can see good details of the leaf.  Up on one side is a small gnat.  If you ever wanted to get something for someone that has that 'wow' factor, this is it.

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$55

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