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Type: Correspondence
Published: 2020-12-11
Page range: 598–599
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A new genus-level and two new species-level synonyms in the extinct genus Neolitochropus Lyubarsky & Perkovsky (Coleoptera: Cyclaxyridae)

Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA.
Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wilcza 64, 00-679 Warsaw, Poland.
Coleoptera Cyclaxyridae


Gimmel et al. (2019) recently treated the two fossil taxa of the beetle family Cyclaxyridae (Cucujoidea), a family that is today represented only by two species in New Zealand (Gimmel et al. 2009). Gimmel et al. (2019) synonymized two species from European amber described within the family Phalacridae (Cucujoidea), Stilbus bedovoyi Lyubarsky & Perkovsky, 2011 and Neolitochropus hoffeinsorum Lyubarsky & Perkovsky, 2016, with Neolitochropus bedovoyi (Lyubarsky & Perkovsky, 2011) becoming the valid combination. They treated a total of 13 specimens of this species from across Rovno, Bitterfeld, and Baltic amber deposits, implying a widespread and abundant species in Eocene Europe whose life history, like extant forms, was likely tied to sooty molds (Gimmel et al. 2019).



  1. Gimmel, M.L., Leschen, R.A.B. & Slipinski, S.A. (2009) Review of the New Zealand endemic family Cyclaxyridae, new family (Coleoptera: Polyphaga). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 49, 511–528.

    Gimmel, M.L., Szawaryn, K., Cai, C. & Leschen, R.A.B. (2019) Mesozoic sooty mould beetles as living relicts in New Zealand. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences Series B, 286, 20192176 (7 pp.).

    Lyubarsky, G.Y. & Perkovsky, E.E. (2011) New species of Stilbus (Coleoptera, Clavicornia, Phalacridae) from the Late Eocene Rovno amber. Vestnik Zoologii, 45, e-47–e-50.

    Lyubarsky, G.Y. & Perkovsky, E.E. (2016) A new genus, Neolitochropus (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea: Phalacridae), from the Upper Eocene Bitterfeld amber. Russian Entomological Journal, 25, 1–5.

    Lyubarsky, G.Y. & Perkovsky, E.E. (2019) First species of Ephistemus (Coleoptera: Clavicornia: Cryptophagidae) from Baltic amber. Russian Entomological Journal, 28, 54–57.

    Lyubarsky, G.Y. & Perkovsky, E.E. (2020) Olibrolitus, new genus of shining flower beetles (Coleoptera, Cucujoidea, Phalacridae) from Bitterfeld and Baltic amber. Paleontologicheskii Zhurnal, 54 (2), 50–55.

    [In Russian]

    [in English as: Paleontological Journal, 54 (2), 143–148.]