Anthicus armatus Truqui, 1855

Telnov, Dmitry & Ghahari, Hassan, 2018, An annotated checklist of the Anthicidae and pediline Pyrochroidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) of Iran, with thirteen new country records, Zootaxa 4497 (4), pp. 451-491: 455

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Anthicus armatus Truqui, 1855


Anthicus armatus Truqui, 1855 

= Anthicus pseudoarmatus  TELNOV, 2008 syn. nov.

Synonymy. After studying the holotype of A. armatus  as well as additional comparative material of this species from Сyprus, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, we came to the conclusion that A. pseudoarmatus Telnov  (described from United Arab Emirates) is conspecific with A. armatus  which is in fact highly variable in head shape, size of eyes and length of tempora, as well as in elytral pattern and direction of elytral pubescence.

New for the fauna of Iran. New records. Iran, Hormozgan province  , Bandar Abbas city, 5.III.2014, leg. S.Azadbakhsh (1 specimen SAС); N 27°17’12.6“ E 56°21’43.6“ Iran, provGoogleMaps  . Hormozgan E Bandar Abbas , E Nang Village sandy riverbank 28.02.2015 10m üNN leg.: Schnitter IR 27 (1 NMEAbout NME); N 26°54’42.2“ E 56°44’46.6“ Iran, provGoogleMaps  . Hormozgan Queshm Isl. Laft , lagoon (near mangrove) 04./06./ 07.03.2015 1m üNN leg.: Schnitter IR 31 (3 NMEAbout NME, 1 DTС); N 26°51’35.7“ E 55°21’55.3“ Iran, provGoogleMaps  . Hormozgan W Bandar Khamir, Dezhgan, river Rudkhaneh-ye Meran riverbank (mud/gravel) 0 8.03.2015 14m üNN leg.: Schnitter IR35 (1 NMEAbout NME, 1 DTС); IRANAbout IRAN, S Khorasan prov., 10 km W Deh Salm 26.V.2008 leg. A.Anichtchenko (1 MPUAbout MPU). 

Comments. It is possible that Uhmann's (1996) Hormozgan record for A. subarmatus Pic  refers to a misidentified A. armatus  . This specimen was not available for the present study.

Chorotype. Saharo-Arabian (


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