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Article: The Serbian Lake System: a stepping stone for freshwater molluscs in the middle Miocene

Papers in Palaeontology - Volume 6 Issue 4 - Cover
Publication: Papers in Palaeontology
Volume: 6
Part: 4
Publication Date: November 2020
Page(s): 533 569
Author(s): Thomas A. Neubauer, Oleg Mandic, Gordana Jovanović, and Mathias Harzhauser
DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1308
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NEUBAUER, T.A., MANDIC, O., JOVANOVIć, G., HARZHAUSER, M. 2020. . Papers in Palaeontology, 6, 4, 533-569. DOI: /doi/10.1002/spp2.1308

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  • Thomas A. Neubauer - Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics Justus Liebig University Heinrich‐Buff-Ring 26‐32 IFZ 35392 Giessen Germany
  • Thomas A. Neubauer - Naturalis Biodiversity Center Darwinweg 2 2333 CR Leiden The Netherlands
  • Oleg Mandic - Geological‐Palaeontological Department Natural History Museum Vienna Burgring 7 1010 Vienna Austria
  • Gordana Jovanović - Natural History Museum Njegoševa 51 11000 Belgrade Serbia
  • Mathias Harzhauser - Geological‐Palaeontological Department Natural History Museum Vienna Burgring 7 1010 Vienna Austria

Publication History

  • Issue published online: 25 November 2020
  • Manuscript Accepted: 10 December 2019
  • Manuscript Received: 27 August 2019

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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Grant Number: NE 2268/2-1
Alexander von Humboldt‐Stiftung

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The first in‐depth revision of a lacustrine freshwater mollusc fauna of the Serbian Lake System (SLS) is carried out. We describe and discuss well‐preserved faunas from two localities in central and southern Serbia (Mađere and Medoševac), along with the reinvestigation of type material of several species described in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Our revision yields 14 species of gastropods, with the families Hydrobiidae (six species) and Planorbidae (four species) being most abundant, along with one species each of Neritidae, Melanopsidae, Bithyniidae and Bulinidae, as well as two dreissenid bivalve species. Three of the hydrobiid gastropods are new to science, Prososthenia milosevici sp. nov., Prososthenia? naissensis sp. nov., and Prososthenia rundici sp. nov., and so is the bivalve Trigonipraxis madjerensis sp. nov. The present study results in 12 lectotype designations, 10 new generic combinations, and 10 new junior synonyms. About four‐fifths (81.3%) of the species are endemic to the SLS, which is slightly higher than the overall SLS endemism (71.4%). The composition at the genus and family level overlaps strongly with the slightly older faunas of the Dinaride Lake System in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as that of the late Miocene Lake Pannon. Its stratigraphically intermediate position and geographical proximity suggest that the SLS was a stepping stone for many of the mollusc lineages, some of which are found only in those systems.


We are grateful to Katarina Krizmanić and Nives Borčić (CNHM) for providing photographs of type material. The careful reviews by Daniela Esu and an anonymous reviewer as well as by Sally Thomas (Palaeontological Association) are greatly appreciated. TAN was supported by an Alexander‐von‐Humboldt Scholarship and a DFG grant (project no. NE 2268/2‐1).

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