The first case of a Portuguese beetle living exclusively in groundwater

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IMAGE: The newly discovered species Iberoporus pluto.
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Credit: Ignacio Ribera

A diving beetle demonstrating various adaptations to the life underground, including depigmentation and evolutionary loss of eyes, was discovered at the bottom of a clay pound in the cave Soprador do Carvalho, Portugal. The species turned out to be the very first in the whole order of beetles (Coleoptera) to be known exclusively from the underground waters of the country.
Despite not being able to find any other specimens during their study – save for the single female, the team of Dr Ignacio Ribera, Institute of Evolutionary Biology (Spain) and Prof Ana Sofia P. S. Reboleira, University of Copenhagen (Denmark) identified the beetle as new to science, thanks to its unambiguous morphology in combination with molecular data.

Aptly named Iberoporus pluto in reference to the ruler of the underworld in Greek mythology Pluto, the species was recently described in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

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This article and images were originally posted on [EurekAlert! – Breaking News] January 8, 2019 at 12:21AM. Credit to the original author and EurekAlert! – Breaking News | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.

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