Contribution to the knowledge of Elodes sericea species-group with description of two new species from Middle Asia (Coleoptera, Scirtidae).

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Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae | 2009/49/2

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.

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