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A new genus of Heteromurini (Collembola: Entomobryidae) with dental base falcate macrochaetae, from India

Guru Pada Mandal

A new monotypic genus of Heteromurinae from Chilika lake, Ganjam district of Odisha, India is described. Falcomurus gen. n. is similar to other genera of the subfamily, especially to Heteromurus Wankel, 1860 in presence of antennae with 5 segments, 8 + 8 eyes, Abd. I without macrochaetae. It differs from all other genera of Heteromurinae by the combination of: eyes 8 + 8, Ant. III and Ant. IV annulated, unguis with single paired basal inner teeth, dental base commonly with 1+1 falcate type macrochaetae. Falcomurus chilikaensis sp. n., the type species of the new genus is described. An identification key to the genera of Heteromurini is also provided.

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