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1 November 2018 The First Fossil Limnichidae from the Upper Cretaceous Burmese Amber (Coleoptera: Byrrhoidea)
Yali Yu, Adam Ślipiński, Dong Ren, Hong Pang
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Abstract

Fossil limnichids are very rare, and were known from the Cenozoic so far. Here we describe and illustrate the first definitive Mesozoic representative of the family Limnichidae, Erichia cretacea sp. nov., based on a well-preserved adult from the Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber. This taxon is firmly placed in the extant Cephalobyrrhinae based on multiple characteristics, such as body elongate and oval, base of pronotum and elytra incised and metacoxae transverse. The discovery of a Mesozoic fossil species classified in the recent genus suggests that Limnichidae and Cephalobyrrhinae are ancient groups, that experienced long evolutionary stasis.

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Yali Yu, Adam Ślipiński, Dong Ren, and Hong Pang "The First Fossil Limnichidae from the Upper Cretaceous Burmese Amber (Coleoptera: Byrrhoidea)," Annales Zoologici 68(4), 843-848, (1 November 2018). https://doi.org/10.3161/00034541ANZ2018.68.4.008
Received: 17 September 2018; Accepted: 10 October 2018; Published: 1 November 2018
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Burmese amber
Late Cretaceous
Limnichidae
new taxa
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