Paracupes svitkoi is a new species of the family Cupedidae (Coleoptera: Archostemata), based on a single specimen from the Raritan Formation of the Turonian (ca. 90 MYBP, Upper Cretaceous) of New Jersey. The fossil, a well-preserved, fusainized head, is the first fossil member of the genus Paracupes. It is similar to the extant Paracupes species P. brasiliensis and P. asicus, but can be distinguished from those species by the shape of the head and by the well-defined mandibular teeth.

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Lubkin, S. H. Paracupes svitkoi (Coleoptera: Archostemata: Cupedidae: Cupedini), A new species from the Cretaceous of New Jersey. Proceedings of the Second International Paleoentomological Congress.