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First fossil representatives of Pharaxonothinae Crowson (Coleoptera: Erotylidae): indirect evidence for cycads existence in Baltic amber forest

VITALII I. ALEKSEEV, ANDRIS BUKEJS

Abstract


A new species of Erotylidae, Cycadophila (s. str.) mumia sp. nov., the first fossil representative of the subfamily Pharaxo-nothinae, is described and illustrated from Eocene Baltic amber. A second closely related specimen is reported but not described as new due to poor preservation in amber. The occurrence of representatives of the Recent cycad-specialized genus in Baltic amber can indirectly indicate the presence of their host plants (Cycadales: Cycadophyta: Cycadopsida) in the Eocene amber forest.

 


Keywords


Coleoptera, pleasing fungus beetle, fossil resin, Paleogene, Tertiary

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4337.3.6

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