A new genus and species of the rove beetle tribe Mesoporini from Baltic amber (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae)

Shûhei Yamamoto, Munetoshi Maruyama

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Abstract

A new extinct rove beetle, Palaeomesoporus electiricus gen. et sp.n., is described from a single specimen of Eocene Baltic amber. This fossil beetle is placed in the tribe Mesoporini, a ‘basal’ group of the mega-diverse subfamily Aleocharinae. Palaeomesoporus is easily discriminated from other mesoporine genera due to its less-developed antennal club, longer and slender elytron lacking a sinuate posterior margin, and prominently shorter mesotarsus. This finding sheds light on the paleodiversity and evolutionary history of the tribe and ‘basal’ Aleocharinae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalHistorical Biology
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 17 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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