A new genus and species of Dermestidae (Coleoptera) from the Eckfeld Maar crater (Middle Eocene, Germany)

 

Authors: Háva J, Wappler T

Published in: Bulletin of Geosciences, volume 89, issue 1; pages: 67 - 74; Received 24 July 2013; Accepted in revised form 23 October 2013; Online 12 December 2013

Keywords: taxonomy, new genus, new species, fossil, Coleoptera, Dermestidae, Germany,

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Abstract

Eckfeldattagenus eocenicus gen. et sp. nov. is described from the Middle Eocene Eckfeld Maar (Germany) on the basis of completely preserved specimens, representing one of the rare reports of fossil skin beetles (Coleoptera: Dermestidae: Attageninae). The new genus and species differs from all other Dermestidae by the very flat body form and pronotum, and its unique structure of the antennal club and the wrinkled elytral surface.

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