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Published: 2023-01-20
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A new species of Melipriopsis Kirejtshuk, 2011 (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae: Meligethinae) from the Eocene Baltic amber

1 Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya Emb. 1, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia.
2 Institute of Life Sciences and Technologies, Daugavpils University, Vienîbas 13, Daugavpils LV-5401, Latvia.
Coleoptera Cenozoic Paleogene sap beetles ovipositor


Melipriopsis baltica sp. nov. is described and illustrated from the Eocene Baltic amber. The described holotype (female) of this species has the fully exposed ovipositor with characters similar (general outline, configuration of lobes of the gonocoxites, and disposition of styli) to those in the extant members of the subfamily Meligethinae.



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