Fourth Contribution on Late Eocene Amber Silken Fungus Beetles: A New Baltic Amber Species of Atomaria (Coleoptera, Clavicornia, Cryptophagidae)

G. Yu. Lyubarsky 1  and E. E. Perkovsky 2
  • 1 Zoological Museum of Moscow State University, Bol’shaya Nikitskaya str., 6, Moscow, 103009 Russia
  • 2 Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine, vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15, Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine

Atomaria gedanicola Lyubarsky et Perkovsky, sp. n., a new cryptophagid species from Baltic amber is described. The new species is the first recorded Eocene Atomariinae. The new species is similar to A. fuscipes Gyllenhal. It differs from the latter in having pronotum flat, posterior angles of pronotum obtuse, and antenna short. The record of A. gedanicola syninclused with Ceratopogon biting midge supports the Late Eocene age of the Baltic amber, for the Holarctic affinities of both taxa are incompatible with the paratropical climate characteristic of the Mid-European Middle Eocene.

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