A new fossil soldier beetle (Coleoptera: Cantharidae: Malthininae) from Baltic amber

Fabrizio Fanti , Elżbieta Sontag


The very abundant representatives of the genus Malthodes Kiesenwetter, 1852 from the Eocene amber forests show a remarkable diversity of body forms, especially regarding the last abdominal segments, both tergites and sternites. These structures are important during the mating. In the present work, we describe a new species, Malthodes gedanicus sp. nov. characterized by the last sternite elongated and apically divided into two long and flat squarish lobes with three tips of which the central is longest, and by the last tergite elongated and spatuliform apically. The phylogenetic relationships based only on the shape of the last abdominal segments remain unclear and the new species is very vaguely similar to M. trifurcatus Kiesenwetter, 1852. 
Author Fabrizio Fanti
Fabrizio Fanti,,
, Elżbieta Sontag (FB / DIZP)
Elżbieta Sontag,,
- Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology
Journal seriesZootaxa, ISSN 1175-5326, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishamber inclusion, Baltic amber, Eocene, Cantharidae, Malthodes gedanicus sp. nov., new species
ASJC Classification1103 Animal Science and Zoology; 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
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ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.948; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 0.99 (2) - 2018=0.99 (5)
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