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Short Communication
Published: 2021-06-29

Zaiwa: A new genus of the family Lophocateridae from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (Coleoptera: Cleroidea)

Zoological Museum, Moscow State University, ul. Bol’shaya Nikitskaya 2, Moscow, 125009 Russia
School of Earth Sciences University of Bristol, Life Sciences Building, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TQ, UK
State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, and Centre for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China School of Earth Sciences University of Bristol, Life Sciences Building, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TQ, UK
I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, ul. Bogdana Khmel’nitskogo 15, Kiev, 01030 01601 Ukraine A.A. Borissiak Paleontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Profsoyuznaya Str. 123, Moscow, 117868 Russia
Coleoptera Cleroidea


Lophocateridae is a small family of cleroid beetles with more than one hundred species in 14 genera (Crowson, 1970; Kolibáč, 2013; Kolibáč & Peris, 2021). While the group was previously treated as a subfamily or tribe of Trogossitidae (e.g., Crowson, 1964; Barron, 1971; Ślipiński, 1992; Kolibáč, 2006), molecular phylogenetic analyses have not support the monophyly of Trogossitidae sensu lato (Bocak et al., 2014; Hunt et al., 2007; McKenna et al., 2015; Zhang et al., 2018; Kolibáč et al., 2021). In the most comprehensive analysis of Cleroidea performed to date by Gimmel et al. (2019), Lophocateridae was recovered as sister to Chaetosomatidae and Trogossitidae sensu stricto and elevated to family level. Extant Lophocateridae are cosmopolitan and display diverse modes of life, including fungivorous, herbivorous and predatory species, all of which are mostly associated with saproxylic habitats (Kolibáč, 2013).


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