Organisms Diversity & Evolution

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 157–162 | Cite as

The first fossil Athyreini beetle (Coleoptera: Geotrupidae)

  • Ming Bai
  • Ruie Nie
  • Weiwei Zhang
  • Dong Ren
  • Chungkun Shih
  • Xingke Yang
Original Article

Abstract

The first fossil Athyreini in the subfamily of Bolboceratinae from the family of Geotrupidae, †Amberathyreus beuteli Bai et Zhang gen. et sp. nov., is described based on a specimen from the mid-Cretaceous Myanmar (Burmese) amber from northern Myanmar. Its external morphology (including 3D reconstruction of the head and pronotum) was analyzed and compared with all known genera of Athyreini. †Amberathyreus’ close relationship between Athyreini and Bolboceratini is supported. †Amberathyreus was likely active at night and lived in a lowland environment. The finding of †Amberathyreus greatly enrich our knowledge of Athyreini.

Keywords

Coleoptera Athyreini Myanmar amber Amberathyreus New genus 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming Bai
    • 1
  • Ruie Nie
    • 1
  • Weiwei Zhang
    • 2
  • Dong Ren
    • 3
  • Chungkun Shih
    • 3
    • 4
  • Xingke Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.ChongqingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.College of Life SciencesCapital Normal UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Department of PaleobiologyNational Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian InstitutionWashingtonUSA

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