UAE: New species of soft-winged flower beetle discovered

The discovery of a new species of tiny beetle in Sharjah, measuring little more than the width of a credit card, could offer further insight into the biodiversity of the region.

Dr Sergei Tshernyshev, based in Siberia, received a small vial containing a tiny creature from the UAE, this specimen – one of a number he was sent after they were collected in the Emirates – was found to be an all-new species of soft-winged flower beetle, a group of insects that Dr Tshernyshev has spent decades researching.

Dr Tshernyshev has named the beetle Arabotroglops longantennatus in recognition of where it comes from and its long antennae.



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