First record of the family Belidae (Insecta, Coleoptera) in amber. New genus and species from the uppermost Albian amber of France


en Geodiversitas 31 (1) - Pages 99-104

Published on 27 March 2009

This article is a part of the thematic issue Cretaceous ambers from southwestern France: geology, taphonomy, and palaeontology

Until now, fossil weevils of the family Belidae were unknown from fossil resin deposits. In this article, Gratshevbelus erici n. gen., n. sp. is described a from the Lower Cretaceous (uppermost Albian) amber deposits of southwestern France. Recent members of this family are present only in the southern hemisphere, therefore this new finding in northern deposits helps to better understand the first stages of the radiation of this group during the Late Mesozoic.


Insecta, Coleoptera, Belidae, amber, SW France, Archingeay, Lower Cretaceous, uppermost Albian, new genus, new species

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