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Published: 2017-11-24

A new species of Eupariini from Eocene Baltic amber (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae)

Kaunas T. Ivanauskas Zoological Museum, Laisves al. str. 106, 44253 Kaunas, Lithuania. Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Studentų 11, 53361 Kaunas, Lithuania.
Department of Zootechny, Kaliningrad State Technical University, Sovetsky av. 1, 236000 Kaliningrad, Russia.
Institute of Life Sciences and Technologies, Daugavpils University, Vienības 13, Daugavpils, LV-5401, Latvia.
Coleoptera beetles Airapus palaeontology Paleogene fossil resin


Based on 10 specimens from Late Eocene Baltic amber, an extinct species of Eupariini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae), Airapus lithuanicus Tamutis, Alekseev, & Bukejs new species, is described and illustrated. The new species is compared with two known fossil representatives of Aphodiinae from Baltic amber. The generic placement of these two species, Saprosites succini (Zang, 1905) and Ataenius europaeus Quiel, 1910, is discussed, as are details of paleoecology for the new species.



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