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Ommatin beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera) from the Lower Cretaceous of northeast China and southern England

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Lower Cretaceous beetles belonging to the extant tribe Ommatini (Coleoptera: Cupedidae: Ommatinae) are revised and six new species proposed in the extinct Eurasian genus Cionocoleus: Cionocoleus tanae sp. n., Cionocoleus olympicus sp. n. (Yixian Formation, China); Cionocoleus elizabethae sp. n., Cionocoleus watsoni sp. n., Cionocoleus minimus sp. n. (Weald Clay Group, UK); and Cionocoleus jepsoni sp. n. (Purbeck Limestone Group, UK). New morphological data is provided for Cionocoleus magicus and Cionocoleus cervicalis stat. n. of which Cionocoleus planiusculus is considered a synonym (Yixian Formation). Cionocoleus punctatus comb. n. is considered the oldest record (Upper Jurassic; Kazakhstan) of this presumably xylophagous, warm climate genus. A simple key is provided to all known species of Cionocoleus.

Affiliations: 1: 1State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 39 East Beijing Rd Nanjing 210008, People’s Republic of China


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