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The first neotropical ground beetle (Coleoptera, Carabidae) from the Eocene of Ukraine: finding the first Old World ant nest beetle related to Eohomopterus in the Rovno amber

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Department of Invertebrates Fauna and Systematics, Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Department of Invertebrates Fauna and Systematics, Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine Natural History Museum of Denmark, Universitetsparken 15, Copenhagen, Denmark
Corresponding author: Marina Kirichenko-Babko; Email:


The first record of the tribe Paussini Latreille is reported based on a specimen from late Eocene Rovno amber. It is the first known close relative of the genus Eohomopterus (subtribe Carabidomemnina) in the Old World. The recent and Neogene distribution of Eohomopterus is Neotropical, with extant representatives in Ecuador, Brazil and the West Indies, and extinct species in Dominican and Mexican amber. The occurrence of the Neotropical Carabidomemnina in Rovno amber and the presence of the Oriental Protopaussini in Dominican amber are of significant interest as evidence of the probable transarctic migrations of their ant host in the early Eocene.

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