Articles | Volume 22, issue 2
Foss. Rec., 22, 119–123, 2019
Foss. Rec., 22, 119–123, 2019

Research article 15 Nov 2019

Research article | 15 Nov 2019

On the first Silis Charpentier, 1825 from Baltic amber (Coleoptera, Cantharidae)

Francesco Parisi and Fabrizio Fanti

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Short summary
Only in recent years have new genera and species of the subfamily Silinae Mulsant, 1862 been described as inclusions in amber. However, no representative of the genus Silis Charpentier, 1825 had been described from Baltic amber, even if few specimens were already known at the generic level. Silis lombardii sp. nov. is entirely dark brown and shows (as usual for the genus) the two characteristic lobes in the sides of pronotum, elongated elytra, and a basal small tooth only on the anterior claws.