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Amplectopus Sharp, 1886

Rafal Ruta
Containing group: Scirtinae


New Zealand endemic Amplectopus is one of the most distinctive genera of Scirtidae. It was placed in Chelonariidae by Kasap & Crowson (1975), but Lawrence & Newton (1995) based on morphological studies concluded that it should be retained in Scirtidae.


Body length varies from 1.0 to 2.0 mm. Body compact; antennae modified, with five segmented antennal club; abdominal ventrites 1-3 fused.


Kasap H., Crowson R. A. 1975. A comparative anatomical study of Elateriformia and Dascilloidea (Coleoptera). Trans. R. ent. Soc. London 126, 4: 441-495.

Lawrence, J. F. and A. F. Newton. 1995. Families and subfamilies of Coleoptera (with selected genera, notes and references, and data on family-group names). Pages 779-1006 in Biology, Phylogeny, and Classification of Coleoptera: Papers Celebrating the 80th Birthday of Roy A. Crowson. Pakaluk, J. and Slipinski, S. A., eds. Muzeum i Instytut Zoologii PAN, Warsaw.

Sharp D. 1886. XI. On New Zealand Coleoptera, with descriptions of new genera and species. Scientific Transactions of the Royal Dublin Society (N.S.) 3: 351456, pls 12 13.

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Rafal Ruta
Zoological Institute, University of Wroclaw, Poland

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