Balke M.1, Toledo M.2, Gröhn C.3, Rappsilber I.4, Hendrich L.1 2019. † Electruphilus wendeli gen.n., sp.n. — the first diving beetle recorded from Saxonian (Bitterfeld) Amber (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Laccophilinae) // Russian Entomol. J. Vol.28. No.4: 350–357 [in English].

1 Zoologische Staatssammlung, Münchhausenstrasse 21, D-81247 München, Germany. E-mail:

2 via Tosoni 20, 25128 Brescia, Italy.

3 Bünebüttler Weg 7, 21509 Glinde, Germany.

4 Landesamt für Geologie und Bergwesen Sachsen-Anhalt, Köthener Straße 38, 06118 Halle, Germany.

doi: 10.15298/rusentj.28.4.02

ABSTRACT. We provide the first report of a diving beetle (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae) from Saxonian (Bitterfeld) Amber. Based on a male specimen, collected in “Friedersdorfer Bernsteinschluff (Friedersdorf amber silt)” from the Cottbus Formation near Bitterfeld, Saxonia, Germany, †Electruphilus gen.n. wendeli sp.n. is described. The new genus belongs to the subfamily Laccophilinae Gistel, 1848 and resembles species of Laccodytes Régimbart, 1895; however, all species of Laccodytes have the suture between elytron and epipleuron very well visible dorsally, which is not the case in †Electruphilus gen.n. Furthermore, the new genus is compared with the extant genera Australphilus Watts, 1978, Philaccolus Guignot, 1937 and Africophilus Guignot, 1948. We also provide a modified key to the Laccophilinae genera of the World, as we found minor errors or ambiguities in a recent key.

KEY WORDS. Dytiscidae, Laccophilinae, new genus, new species, amber, Bitterfeld.

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