Galaicodytes caurelensis gen. n., sp. n., the first troglobitic species of Platynini (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Pterostichinae) from the western Palaearctic region

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This study describes Galaicodytes (gen. n.) caurelensis (sp. n.) which was captured in a limestone cave in the lower Cambric of NW Spain. It is the first known cave-dwelling Platynini in the western Palaearctic region and shows unique morphological adaptations to cave life. The taxonomic position is based on comprehensive character analysis, including external anatomical, male genitalic, and female genitalic and reproductive tract characters. Certain pro blems concerning its taxonomic position in relation to other genera are discussed and different ecologic and biogeographic aspects are analysed.

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Ortuño, V. M., & Salgado, J. M. (2000). Galaicodytes caurelensis gen. n., sp. n., the first troglobitic species of Platynini (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Pterostichinae) from the western Palaearctic region. European Journal of Entomology, 97(2), 241–252. https://doi.org/10.14411/eje.2000.041

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