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When rare click beetles were not that rare: Cretaceous Cerophytidae Latreille, 1834 (Coleoptera) from Siberia

Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom; Coleopterological Research Center, Institute of Life Sciences and Technology, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia; Institute of Biology, University of Latvia, O. Vācieša iela 4, LV-1004, Rīga, Latvia
Natural History Museum of Denmark, Universitetsparken 15, Copenhagen 2100, Denmark
Laboratory of Arthropods, A.A. Borissiak Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia; Paleontological laboratory, Cherepovets State University, Cherepovets, Russia
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
classification Elateroidea fossils morphology palaeodiversity taxonomy


Cerophytidae, commonly known as rare click beetles, represent one of the more basal lineages of the beetle superfamily Elateroidea, with a rather diverse fossil record in the Mesozoic. Four fossil species of this group were previously described from the Cretaceous of Siberia. Here, we redescribe Aphytocerus communis Zherichin, 1977 based on newly found amber specimens from Yantardakh (Taimyr Peninsula). We were able to locate and herein discuss the type specimens of two Mesozoic Siberian cerophytids, Baissophytum convexum Chang, Kirejtshuk & Ren, 2011 and Baissopsis ampla (Chang, Kirejtshuk & Ren, 2011), which were described from the Lower Cretaceous Zaza Formation in Transbaikalia. We compare them with A. communis and discuss the morphology of all three genera, and with Brachycerophytum cretaceum Yu, Ślipiński & Pang, 2019 from Burmese amber.


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