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A new genus and species of subterranean diving beetle from Laos (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae, Hydroporinae, Hydroporini)

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The first stygobiontic diving beetle known from Laos, Laodytes lapiei n. gen., n. sp., is described from a cave located in the Vientiane province. Its morphological characters lead to its placement, among Hydroporinae, in Hydroporini. Inside these, the new species could not be assigned to an existing genus. As a result, a new genus has been defined without it being possible, at the present stage, to assign it to one of the currently recognized subtribes. Résumé.-Nouveaux genre et espèce de Coléoptère aquatique souterrain du Laos (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae, Hydroporinae, Hydroporini). Le premier Dytiscidae stygobie connu du Laos, Laodytes lapiei n. gen., n. sp., est décrit d'une grotte de la province de Vientiane. Ses caractères morphologiques conduisent à le placer, parmi les Hydroporinae, dans les Hydroporini. À l'intérieur de ceux-ci, la nouvelle espèce n'a pu trouver place dans aucun genre existant. En conséquence, un nouveau genre a été défini, sans qu'il soit possible, à ce stade, de le rattacher à l'une des sous-tribus actuellement reconnues.

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