Eur. J. Entomol. 112 (2): 381-388, 2015 | 10.14411/eje.2015.038

New fossil taxa of Monophlebidae (Sternorrhyncha: Coccoidea) from Baltic amber

Ewa SIMON1, Dagmara ŻYŁA2
1 Department of Zoology, University of Silesia, Bankowa 9, 40-0007 Katowice, Poland; e-mail: ewa.simon@us.edu.pl
2 Department of Natural History, Upper Silesian Museum, Plac Jana III Sobieskiego 2, 41-902 Bytom, Poland; e-mail: zyladagmara@gmail.com

The family Monophlebidae is distributed worldwide and is classified as one of the "archaeococcoid" families. After almost 160 years since Germar & Berendt (1856) described the first and so far only fossil monophlebid species, Monophlebus irregularis, two new fossil species of a new and undoubtedly monophlebid genus Palaeophlebus gen. n. are described from Baltic amber. Morphological features of the new genus and its two species, P. hoffeinorum sp. n. and P. kotejai sp. n., are discussed.

Keywords: Sternorrhyncha, Coccoidea, Monophlebidae, Palaeophlebus, new genus, new species, fossil, Eocene, systematics

Received: October 17, 2014; Accepted: December 16, 2014; Prepublished online: February 9, 2015; Published: April 2, 2015

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