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Described two new species of cave species of beetles

10.01.2013.

Velebythus turkalji n. gen., n. sp. (Staphylinidae, Pselaphinae, Bythinini) is described from a well known Donja Cerovačka špilja (Velebit Mt., Croatia), type locality for already described five cave taxa. It is characterized by troglobitic features: absence of eyes, depigmentation, very elongate appendages, elongated head.

Another new genus, Grguria lolae n. gen., n. sp. (Staphylinidae, Pselaphinae, Bythinini) is described from a cave Špilja pod Kapelu on the island of Hvar (Dalmatia, Croatia). It is characterised by troglobitic features (absence of eyes, depigmentation, slender appendages and elongated hairs), but also by some peculiar features (ten antennal articles, unique shape of thorax etc.) This new genus/species has no known epigean relatives in its respective distribution range, and can be considered a relict.

Pavićević, D. & Ozimec, R. (2012): A remarkable new genus of troglobitic Bythinini (Staphylinidae, Pselaphinae) from the Velebit Mt., Croatia. Fauna Balkana, University of Novi Sad, Serbia; vol. 1, pp. 201 - 212.

Pavićević, D. & Ozimec, R. (2012): A new troglobitic genus of Bythinini (Staphylinidae, Pselaphinae) from the island of Hvar (Dalmatia, Croatia). Fauna Balkana, University of Novi Sad, Serbia; vol. 1, pp. 189 - 200.