Fossil Record 24(2): 347-355, doi: 10.5194/fr-24-347-2021
Cretopachyderes gen. nov., a new remarkable click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae) from the mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber
expand article infoRobin Kundrata, Alexander S. Prosvirov§, Roger Long|, Gabriela Packova
‡ Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic§ Department of Entomology, Faculty of Biology, Moscow State University, Leninskie gory 1/12, 119234, Moscow, Russia| Myanmar Amber Museum, 136 37th Street, 1143, Yangon, Myanmar¶ Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Palacky University, 17. listopadu 50, Olomouc, 77146, Czech Republic
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Although the Mesozoic Era played an important role in theevolution and diversification of Elateridae, the Cretaceous click-beetlefauna remains very poorly known. Here we describe Cretopachyderes burmitinus gen. et sp. nov. based ona single specimen from the mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. This species isremarkable for its extremely long posterior angles of pronotum, which is aunique character among fossil Elateridae. We discuss the diagnosticcharacters of Cretopachyderes gen. nov. and tentatively place it to subfamily Agrypninaeclose to extant genus Pachyderes Guérin-Méneville, 1829.