Supriya Ghosh

Graciliella

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Leiodidae
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Coleoptera
Genus  Graciliella
Graciliella

Graciliella is a genus of cave beetle in the family Leiodidae. It was previously included in the genus Anthroherpon but DNA evidence showed that it is actually a more distantly related group of species. The paper in which Graciliella was published gained some media attention, with several stories picking up on the spider-like appearance of these beetles Graciliella currently consists of six species, including the newly discovered Graciliella kosovaci and Graciliella ozimeci. All the species occur in subterranean habitats of the Dinaric Mountains, from Crvanj mountain (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in the north, to Trnovo (Montenegro) in the south, and from ┼Żaba mountain (Croatia) in the west to Prokletije mountain (Montenegro) in the east.

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Graciliella Wikipedia


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