Paleontological Journal

, Volume 49, Issue 13, pp 1424–1435 | Cite as

Mesozoic leaf beetles of the tribe Mesolpinini trib. nov. (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) from the Lower Cretaceous

  • A. G. KirejtshukEmail author
  • A. G. Moseyko
  • Dong Ren


This publication is based on recent studies of Lower Cretaceous leaf beetles from the Yixian Formation (Liaoning, China), which are represented by five new species of one new genus Mesolpinus gen. nov. (M. antenattus sp. nov. [type species], M. adapertilis sp. nov., M. angusticollis sp. nov., M. basicollis sp. nov., and M. trapezicollis sp. nov.) assigned to a new tribe, Mesolpinini trib. nov. of the subfamily Chrysomelinae. This tribe, which includes only species from the Jehol biota, is the oldest known group of the family in the fossil record. A key to species of the genus Mesolpinus gen. nov. is provided and the position of the new tribe is discussed. A brief overview of the Mesozoic data on the subfamily Chrysomeloidea is given.


Coleoptera Chrysomelidae Chrysomelinae new taxa Lower Cretaceous China Lioaning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zoological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.CNRS UMR 7205, Muséum national d’histoire naturelleParisFrance
  3. 3.College of Life ScienceCapital Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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