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Article: The first fossil Sticholotidini ladybird beetle (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae) reveals a transition zone through northern Europe during the Eocene

Papers in Palaeontology - Volume 6 Issue 4 - Cover
Publication: Papers in Palaeontology
Volume: 6
Part: 4
Publication Date: November 2020
Page(s): 651 659
Author(s): Karol Szawaryn, and Wioletta Tomaszewska
DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1321
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SZAWARYN, K., TOMASZEWSKA, W. 2020. . Papers in Palaeontology, 6, 4, 651-659. DOI: /doi/10.1002/spp2.1321

Author Information

  • Karol Szawaryn - Museum & Institute of Zoology Polish Academy of Sciences Wilcza 64 00‐679 Warsaw Poland
  • Wioletta Tomaszewska - Museum & Institute of Zoology Polish Academy of Sciences Wilcza 64 00‐679 Warsaw Poland

Publication History

  • Issue published online: 25 November 2020
  • Manuscript Accepted: 12 March 2019
  • Manuscript Received: 18 November 2019

Funded By

Narodowe Centrum Nauki. Grant Number: 2018/29/B/NZ8/02745

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The fossil record of ladybird beetles is scarce with the first taxa described only very recently. The oldest members come from Eocene the amber deposits of Oise and the Bay of Gdańsk, and represent the tribes Coccidulini and Serangiini respectively. Here, we describe a new genus, Electrolotis, which belongs to the tribe Sticholotidini and is presently distributed in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. The new species from Baltic amber deposits, Electrolotis hoffeinsorum sp. nov., possesses an unusual set of characters not present in the modern fauna: two arcuate lines of large punctures on each elytron (occurring today only in Oriental Sticholotidini) and recurved abdominal postcoxal lines, currently present only in three New World genera. This combination of characters makes the new species an intermediate taxon between modern Old World and New World taxa, which may indicate that during the Eocene northern Europe might have been an important migration route for Sticholotidini.

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