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A New Fossil Genus of False Blister Beetles (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese Amber

  • Andrei Legalov
  • Dr. Francesco Vitali


In this article, a new genus with four new species of the family Oedemeridae from mid- Cretaceous Burmese amber are described and illustrated. Ditysparedrus n. gen. differs from other genera of the subfamily in the short ventrite I and pyriform elytra. Key to new species of this genus is given.



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How to Cite

Legalov, A., & Vitali, F. (2020). A New Fossil Genus of False Blister Beetles (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese Amber. Biosis: Biological Systems, 1(3), 109–115.




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