Tipula (Lunatipula) talyshensis Savchenko, 1964

Lantsov, Vladimir I. & Pilipenko, Valentin E., 2021, A new Palaearctic species of the subgenus Lunatipula (Diptera, Tipulidae) from the West Caucasus with a survey of the caucasica species group, ZooKeys 1048, pp. 145-175 : 145

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Tipula (Lunatipula) talyshensis Savchenko, 1964


Tipula (Lunatipula) talyshensis Savchenko, 1964

Figs 10 View Figure 10 , 11 View Figure 11 , 12G-I View Figure 12 ; 13E View Figure 13 , 14E, K View Figure 14

Tipula (Lunatipula) talyshensis Savchenko 1964: 391 (type locality: Azerbaijan, Lerik region); Oosterbroek, Theowald 1992: 121; Oosterbroek 2021.

Material examined.

Holotype: Azerbaijan • 1 male, “р-н Лерик, Азербайдж. ССР 26. VI. [1]954 Джафаров” [Lerik region, Azerbaijan. SSR. [ Azerbaijanskaya Soviet Socialist Republic ] [alt. ~ 1115 m, 38°46'31"N, 48°24'55"E]; 26 Jun. 1954; Jafarov; / " Tipula talyshensis det. Savchenko sp. n." [white label] / [Original red label without text] / “Holotypus” GoogleMaps [red label]; ZISP. Holotype in good condition (Fig. 10A, B View Figure 10 ), however, some legs missing: fore legs - left missing, right up to femur; mid legs - left present, right missing; hind legs - left and right up to femur. Paratypes. Azerbaijan • 2 males, 2 females; same data as for holotype [printed on white paper] / “Paratypus” [Paratype not initially marked; red label]; ZISP GoogleMaps .


Male. Tergite 9 at apex with a denticle on either side of wide, shallow, flat median notch. Paired apical appendages of sternite 9 narrower distally, bearing tassel of long golden setae. Female. Hypogynial valve several times longer than width at base.


Adult male (Fig. 10A, B View Figure 10 ). General body coloration grey. Body length 15-20 mm, wings 18-19.5 mm.

Head (Fig. 13E View Figure 13 ). Vertex light grey with indistinct median grey line, glabrous in middle and around eye with rows of setae between. Rostrum dorsally dark grey, whitish at base, ventrally light brown with grey median stripe. Nasus with long, whitish procumbent setae. Tempora and genae light grey to whitish (color depending on angle of inclination) with faint silvery pruinescence.

Antennae. Scape dark grey with rusty bristles, pedicel yellowish with indistinct brown line in middle, flagellum brown.

Thorax (Fig. 10A, B View Figure 10 ). Pronotum grey with whitish setae. Scutum (Fig. 10B View Figure 10 ) with four brownish stripes on grey, short whitish setae between central and side stripes. Scutal lobe grey with faint silvery pruinescence, anterolaterally with group of whitish setae. Pleura and coxae grey with silvery pruinescence; katepisternum dorsally with sparse whitish setae, anepisternum and meron glabrous. Scutellum and mediotergite grey with whitish setae, scutellum with dark grey median line visible as specimen is rotated.

Wings (Fig. 10A View Figure 10 ). Translucent, grey, with light brown pterostigma. Longitudinal veins C, Sc, and R and bases of A1 and A2 with macrotrichia.

Halteres . Stem yellowish with light setae, knob brown.

Legs. Coxae grey with silvery pruinescence and long, whitish setae. Femora light brown with procumbent dark brown setae. Claws of fifth tarsal segment without spine at base.

Abdomen (Figs 10A View Figure 10 , 11A View Figure 11 ). Dark grey with short whitish setae. Posterior margins of tergites without noticeable light edging, lateral margins with wide whitish to yellowish edging.

Terminalia (Figs 11 View Figure 11 , 14E, K View Figure 14 ). Hypopygium (Fig. 11A, B, C View Figure 11 ) not thickened. Tergite 9 (Figs 11E, F View Figure 11 ; 14E View Figure 14 ) trapezoidal, apex with rather wide, shallow median notch bounded by a denticles. Gonocoxites (Figs 11G View Figure 11 , 14K View Figure 14 ) with large ventral tooth, dorsal tooth truncated at apex. Outer gonostylus without significant features (Fig. 11G View Figure 11 ). Inner gonostylus as in Figures 11G, H View Figure 11 ; 14K View Figure 14 . Paired appendages of sternite 8 (Fig. 11D View Figure 11 ) relatively small, with fringe of hairs along inner edge. Apical appendages of sternite 9 (Fig. 11K, L View Figure 11 ) narrowed distally, bearing tassel of long golden setae. Gonocoxal fragment, semen pump and aedeagus as in Figure 11I, J View Figure 11 , respectively.

Female. Adult female body length 18-25 mm, wings 18-18.5 mm. Similar to male. Cercal hypogynial valve (Fig. 12G, H View Figure 12 ) several times longer than wide at base. Sternite 9 and furca as in Figure 12I View Figure 12 .

Comparison with closely related species.

This species differs from other species of the Tipula caucasica group by the broad shallow notch at the apex of tergite 9, the tassel of golden setae at the tip of the apical appendage of sternite 9, and by the small size of the paired appendages of sternite 8. The unusually long hypogynial valve of the female distinguishes this species from that of T. caucasica and T. quadridentata , the other known females of the Tipula caucasica group.


Adults were collected at altitudes ~ 1115 m.

Flight period.

Adults were collected on 26 June.


No data.


Endemic to the Caucasus - currently only known from Talysh (Azerbaijan).














Tipula (Lunatipula) talyshensis Savchenko, 1964

Lantsov, Vladimir I. & Pilipenko, Valentin E. 2021

Tipula (Lunatipula) talyshensis

Savchenko 1964