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How Small Is the Smallest? New Record and Remeasuring of Scydosella Musawasensis Hall, 1999 (Coleoptera, Ptiliidae), the Smallest Known Free-Living Insect

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How Small Is the Smallest? New Record and Remeasuring of Scydosella Musawasensis Hall, 1999 (Coleoptera, Ptiliidae), the Smallest Known Free-Living Insect

Alexey A Polilov. Zookeys.

Abstract

The smallest known beetle Scydosella musawasensis Hall is recorded for the second time. Precise measurements of its body size are given, and it is shown that the smallest examined representative of this species has a length of 325 µm.

Keywords: Colombia; SEM; Smallest beetle; body size.

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Figure 1.
Habitus and diagnostic characters of Scydosella musawasensis, SEM: A dorsal view B lateral view C ventral view D antenna C mouthparts F pygidial tooth G mesosternal process.

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