A new genus of Ptilodactylidae (Coleoptera: Byrrhoidea) in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (Burma)

Stylianos CHATZIMANOLIS, Molly E. CASHION, Michael S. ENGEL & Zachary H. FALIN

en Geodiversitas 34 (3) - Pages 569-574

Published on 28 September 2012

The first Mesozoic fossil of the beetle family Ptilodactylidae Laporte, 1836 (Byrrhoidea) is formally described and figured from a male preserved in latest Albian amber from Myanmar. Aphebodactyla rhetine n. gen., n. sp., is distinguished from its modern relatives and is only the second fossil species yet formally described in the family. The fossil intermingles putatively derived features of various ptilodactylid subfamilies, suggesting that the current circumscription of these lineages is in dire need of revision.


Polyphaga, Elateriformia, Albian, Mesozoic, Burma, taxonomy, new genus, new species

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