Two new fossil Silinae (Coleoptera, Cantharidae) from Baltic amber

Main Article Content

Andris Bukejs

Keywords : Soldier beetles, paleoentomology, new taxa, Eocene, fossil resin

Based on inclusions in Eocene Baltic amber, two new fossil species of the family Cantharidae, namely Podosilis groehni sp. nov. (the second fossil species of the genus) and Silis (Silis) carsteni sp. nov., are described and illustrate These new species are compared with the other known taxa of both genera from various amber deposits.

Article Details


Alekseev V.I., Kazantsev S.V. 2014. New fossil soldier beetle (Coleoptera: Cantharidae) from the Baltic amber.

Baltic Journal of Coleopterology. 14: 167–170.

Bachofen-Echt A.F. 1949. Der Bernstein und seine Einschlüsse. Springer-Verlag, Wien. 204 p.

Bukejs A., Alekseev V.I., Pollock D.A. 2019. Waidelotinae, a new subfamily of Pyrochroidae (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea) from Baltic amber of the Sambian peninsula and the interpretation of Sambian amber stratigraphy, age and location. Zootaxa. 4664: 261–273.

Constantin R. 2009. A contribution to the genus Silis Charpentier, 1825 in Ecuador (Coleoptera, Cantharidae). Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey. 31: 55–87.

Constantin R. 2017. Les Silinae de Guyane avec la description de quatorze espèces nouvelles (Coleoptera, Cantharidae). Contribution à l’étude des Coléoptères de Guyane. 11: 41–67.

Delkeskamp K. 1977. Coleopterorum Catalogus Supplementa. Pars 165 (Fasc. I). Cantharidae. W. Junk, The Hague. 485 p.

Fanti F. 2017. Catalogo Cantharidae fossili del mondo. Fossils & Minerals Review 2: 1–18 [abbreviated Italian version. Available: 12 March 2017]. World catalog of fossil Cantharidae. Fossils & Minerals Review 2 (Special Issue): 1–52 (extended English version, available: 25 May 2017].

Fanti F., Damgaard A.L. 2018. Fossil soldier beetles from Baltic amber of the Anders Damgaard amber collection (Coleoptera Cantharidae). Baltic Journal of Coleopterology. 18: 1–32.

Fanti F., Pankowski M.G. 2021. Two new species of soldier beetles (Coleoptera, Cantharidae), the first from the tribe Silini in Dominican amber. Zootaxa. 4996: 163–170.

Fanti F., Pankowski M.G. 2022. A new fossil Silis Charpentier, 1825 from Baltic amber (Cantharidae, Silinae, Silini). Zootaxa. 5195: 87–91.

Fanti F., Pankowski M.J. 2018. A new fossil soldier beetle (Coleoptera, Cantharidae, Silinae) from Eocene Baltic amber. Zootaxa. 4370: 189–193.

Girling M.A. 1979. Fossil Insects from the Sweet Track. Somerset Levels Papers. 5: 84–93 [on-line version: 36 pp.].

Kasiński J.R., Kramarska R., Słodkowska B., Sivkov V., Piwocki M. 2020. Paleocene and Eocene deposits on the eastern margin of the Gulf of Gdańsk (Yantarny P-1 borehole, Kaliningrad region, Russia). Geological Quarterly. 64: 29–53.

Kazantsev S.V. 2013. New taxa of Baltic amber soldier beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera: Cantharidae) with synonymic and taxonomic notes. Russian Entomological Journal. 22: 283–291.

Kazantsev S.V. 2019. New species of Podosilis Wittmer, 1978 (Coleoptera: Cantharidae) from China and Indochina. Russian Entomological Journal. 28: 158–164.

Kazantsev S.V. 2020. New Baltic amber soldier beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera: Cantharidae) with some taxonomic notes. Palaeoentomology. 3: 260–268.

Kazantsev S.V., Brancucci M. 2007. Cantharidae. In: Löbl I. & Smetana A. (Eds.), Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 4. Elateroidea, Derodontoidea, Bostrichoidea, Lymexyloidea, Cleroidea, Cucujoidea. Apollo Books. Stenstrup, pp. 234–298.

Klebs E.H.R. 1910. Über Bernsteineinschlüsse im allgemeinen und die Coleopteren meiner Bernsteinsammlung. Schriften der Physikalischökonomischen Gesellschaft zu Königsberg in Pr. 51: 217–242.

Parisi F., Fanti F. 2019. On the first Silis Charpentier, 1825 from Baltic amber (Coleoptera, Cantharidae). Fossil Record .22: 119–123.

Ramsdale A.S. 2002. Family 64. Cantharidae Imhoff 1856. In: Arnett R.H. Jr., Thomas M.C., Skelley P.E. Frank J.H. (Eds.), American Beetles. Vol. 2. Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. pp. 202–218.

Sadowski E.-M., Schmidt A.R., Seyfullah L.J., Kunzmann L. 2017. Conifers of the ‘Baltic amber forest’ and their palaeoecological significance. Stapfia. 106: 1–73.

Sadowski E.-M., Schmidt A.R., Denk T. 2020. Staminate inflorescences with in situ pollen from Eocene Baltic amber reveal high diversity in Fagaceae (oak family). Willdenowia. 50: 405–517 +Supplement.

Seyfullah L.J., Beimforde C., Dal Corso J., Perrichot V., Rikkinen J., Schmidt A.R. 2018. Production and preservation of resins – past and present. Biological Reviews. 93: 1684–1714.

Wickham H.F. 1914. New Miocene Coleoptera from Florissant. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoölogy at Harvard College. 58: 423-494.

Wittmer W. 1963. A new cantharid from the Chiapas amber of Mexico. University of California Publications in

Entomology. 31: 53, pl. 3 (p. 59).

Wittmer W. 1978. Ergebnisse der Bhutan-Expedition 1972 des Naturhistorisches Museums in Basel. Coleoptera: Fam. Cantharidae (4. Teil) und Bemerkungen zu einigen Arten aus angrenzenden Gebieten. Entomologica Basiliensia. 3: 151–161.

Wittmer W. 1997. Neue Cantharidae (Col.) aus dem indo-malaiischen und palaearktischen Faunengebiet mit Mutationen. 2. Beitrag. Entomologica Basiliensia. 20: 223–366.



Download data is not yet available.
Recommend Articles