Nitidulidae Coleoptera of The Himalayas And Northern Indochina Part 1 Subfamily Epuraeinae Theses Zoologicae Volume 28

A review of the faunistic composition of the coleopterous taphocenoses from Bembridge Marls is given. Only two families (Cupedidae and Carabidae) have been recorded from this site before. A total of 31 families have been revealed and determined in the course of the recent study, and 42 species have been described: Agabus latissimus Ponomarenko, sp. nov. and Ilybius gratshevi Ponomarenko, sp. nov. from Dytiscidae; Neothanes europaeus Ponomarenko, sp. nov. from Carabidae; Spercheus punctatus Ponomarenko, sp. nov., Spercheus wightensis Ponomarenko, sp. nov. from Spercheidae, Hydrochara woodwardi Ponomarenko & Soriano, sp. nov. and Berosus barclayi Ponomarenko & Soriano, sp. nov. from Hydrophilidae; Ochthebius rossi Kirejtshuk, sp. nov., Eolimnebius fossilis Kirejtshuk, sp. nov.,

Hydraenites gracilimmus Kirejtshuk, sp. nov., Metacoxites ventritalis Kirejtshuk, sp. nov., Davidraenites gratshevi Kirejtshuk, sp. nov., D. interruptus Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. and D. spurcus Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. from Hydraenidae; Aphodius vectis Krell, sp. nov. and Pentodon dorcus Krell, sp. nov. from Scarabaeidae; Scirtes calcariferens Kirejtshuk & Ponomarenko, sp. nov., Scirtes khnzoryani Kirejtshuk & Ponomarenko, sp. nov., Scirtes metepisternalis Kirejtshuk & Ponomarenko, sp. nov., Scirtes wightensis Kirejtshuk & Ponomarenko, sp. nov., Contacyphon insularis Kirejtshuk & Ponomarenko, sp. nov., Contacyphon involutus Kirejtshuk & Ponomarenko, sp. nov. and Contacyphon kozlovi Kirejtshuk & Ponomarenko, sp. nov. from Scirtidae; Eucinetes nikolaevae Kirejtshuk & Ponomarenko, sp. nov. from Eucinetidae;

Macropunctum rossi Alexeev, sp. nov. from Elateridae; Byrrhites bembridgensis Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. from Byrrhidae; Paralichas striatopunctatus Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. from Ptilodactylidae; Trixagus barclayi Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. from Throscidae; Themus (? Telephorops) polyaki Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. from Cantharidae; Attalus flexus Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. from Malachiidae; Epuraea (Epuraea) kozlovi Kirejtshuk & Kurochkin, sp. nov., Phenolia (Lasiodites) vanescens Kirejtshuk & Kurochkin, sp. nov., Prometopia europaea Kirejtshuk & Kurochkin, sp. nov., Cyllodes argutus Kirejtshuk & Kurochkin, sp. nov. and Coxollodes palaeogenicus Kirejtshuk & Kurochkin, sp. nov. from Nitidulidae;

Telmatophilus britannicus Kirejtshuk & Kurochkin, sp. nov. from Cryptophagidae; Corticariites kozlovi Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. from Latridiidae; Orthoperites antiquus Kirejtshuk & Kurochkin, sp. nov. from Corylophidae; Octotemnites sepultus Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. from Ciidae; Cyclodinus efficax Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. from Anthicidae; and Plateumaris robustus Kurochkin & Kirejtshuk, sp. nov., Plateumaris rubiconis Kurochkin & Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. and Plateumaris wightensis Kurochkin & Kirejtshuk, sp. nov. from Chrysomelidae. Byrrhites Kirejtshuk, called nov., Corticariites Kirejtshuk, called. Nov., Davidraenites Kirejtshuk, called. Nov., Eolimnebius Kirejtshuk, called. Nov.,

Hydraenites Kirejtshuk, called , called nov. and Orthoperites Kirejtshuk & Kurochkin, gen. nov. are proposed as taxa, partly as formal ones with generic rank and include species described. For Plateumaris rubiconis sp. nov., a new subgenus Necrodexis Kurochkin & Kirejtshuk, subgen. nov. is proposed. A brief review of the published fossil records for the groups considered in the paper is made. The probable ecological circumstances of the lives of the groups and species considered are discussed in the paper, and comparison with other Palaeogene sites and some conclusions on probable climatic circumstances have been elaborated.

The taxonomic interpretation of three fossil species from the Caenozoic is reconsidered. It is shown that the genus Miocyphon Wickham, 1914 can be scarcely regarded as a close relative of representatives of either Dascillidae or Scirtidae. ‘Phenolia’ incapax Scudder, 1890 and Lithomacratria Wickham, 1914 are regarded here without family attribution, the first as a member of Cucujiformia (ie, out of Nitidulidae) and the latter as a member of the superfamily Tenebrionoidea (ie, out of both Anthicidae and Pyrochroidae).

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