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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Sara Gamboa PMMV Team, Department of Paleontology, Faculty of Geology, University Complutense of Madrid (UCM), José Antonio Novais 2, E-28040, Madrid, Spain
Departamento de Cambio Medioambiental, Instituto de Geociencias, UCM-CSIC, Jose Antonio Novais 2, 28040, Madrid, Spain

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Vicente M. Ortuño Research Team on Soil Biology and Subterranean Ecosystems, Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Environmental Sciences and Chemistry, University of Alcalá (UAH), A.P. 20, Campus Universitario, E-28805, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain

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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.

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