A new fossil species of the genus Limodromus Motschulsky, 1850 (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Platynini) from Baltic amber with remarks on its death process

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Limodromus emetikos sp. n. (Coleoptera: Carabidae) is described and illustrated from Baltic amber (Eocene). Based on its morphological features, the new species is considered a sister taxon of the extant Holarctic assimilis species group. Furthermore, the specimen described here could represent a case of stress-triggered regurgitation, which would represent the first fossil record of such a process in beetles.

A new fossil species of the genus Limodromus Motschulsky, 1850 (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Platynini) from Baltic amber with remarks on its death process

in Insect Systematics & Evolution



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    Limodromus emetikos sp. n. Photographs: a) piece of amber (Scale bar: 1 cm); b) dorsal view; c) ventral view; d) detail of head; e) detail of head and regurgitation; f) detail of legs and movement grooves; g) detail of wings.

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    Limodromus emetikos sp. n. Drawings: a) specimen in dorsal view; b) specimen in ventral view (scale bar: 2 mm); c) detail of mentum and submentum. (scale bar: 0.5 mm).


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