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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4052.2.10

Cretonthophilus tuberculatus, a remarkable new genus and species of hister beetle (Coleoptera: Histeridae) from Cretaceous Burmese amber

MICHAEL S. CATERINO, KARIN WOLF-SCHWENNINGER, GÜNTER BECHLY

Abstract


The early history of the beetle family Histeridae is still very obscure. In part this results from difficulty resolving phylogenetic relationships at deeper levels (Caterino & Vogler, 2002; McKenna et al., 2015a). But it is also partly a result of a sparse and poorly documented fossil record (Chatzimanolis et al., 2006). Here we describe a new genus and species of fossil histerid from Burmese amber (~99 mya), which helps to address both of these problems.

 


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Coleoptera, Histeridae, Cretaceous Burmese amber

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