Contribution to the knowledge of Elodes sericea species-group with description of two new species from Middle Asia (Coleoptera, Scirtidae).
Two new species of the genus Elodes Latreille, 1796 from Uzbekistan (Elodes jelineki sp. nov.) and Kazakhstan (Elodes gerdmuelleri sp. nov.) are described. Elodes orientalis Iablokoff-Khnzorian, 1973 is redescribed as a valid species. These three species represent along with Elodes sericea Kiesenwetter, 1859, E. eberti Klausnitzer, 1970 and E. persica Klausnitzer, 1975 a distinct species-group, which is defined as Elodes sericea species-group. The new species are compared with other species of the E. sericea group and a key to identification of species of the group is proposed. Original description of E. persica Klausnitzer, 1975 is completed.