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Type: Article
Published: 2015-05-08
Page range: 239–257
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New Aderidae (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea) from Baltic and Bitterfeld amber

Department of Zootechny, Kaliningrad State Technical University, Sovetsky av. 1. 236000, Kaliningrad, Russia.
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, University of California, Berkeley 130 Mulford Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
new species new genus Baltic amber Bitterfeld amber Tertiary Eocene


Nine extinct species and one genus of aderid beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea: Aderidae) are described from Baltic and Bitterfeld amber from Germany, Russia (Kaliningrad), Poland, and Denmark. These new species include: Escalerosia igori sp. nov., Picemelinus irinae sp. nov., Vanonus ulmerigicus sp. nov., Vanonus aestiorum sp. nov., Cnopus kraxtepellenensis sp. nov., and four species from the extinct genus Palaeocnopus gen. nov.: P. densipunctatus sp. nov., P. saeticornis sp. nov., P. glabricornis sp. nov., and P. mara sp. nov. A key to the species of Palaeocnopus in amber is provided. The newly described taxa of these ant-like leaf beetles are photographed, illustrated, and compared with extinct and related extant representatives of the genera.