Quedius (Raphirus) limbatus Heer, 1839

Salnitska, Maria & Solodovnikov, Alexey, 2018, Revision of the Quedius fauna of Middle Asia (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Staphylininae), Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 2, pp. 117-159: 128

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Quedius (Raphirus) limbatus Heer, 1839


Quedius (Raphirus) limbatus Heer, 1839  Fig. 3D

Herman 2001, 3187 (summary of literature); Kascheev 2001, 102; 2002, 181 (distribution records); Assing and Schülke 2012, 473, 474 (diagnosis, distribution and bionomics, aedeagus illustration).

Material examined.

Kazakhstan: 2 ♂, 1 ♀, 7 Almaty area, Dzhungarskiy Alatau, 7 km E Lepsinsk, Chornaya River canyon, 1200-1400 m a.s.l., Betula sp., Malus, Populus etc. forest, 45°31'N, 80°43'E, 13-15.VI.2001, S.I. Golovatch leg. (cRyv); 3 ♂, 6 km SE Rudnichnyi, Koksu River canyon, 1300-1400 m a.s.l., 44°41'N, 78°58'E, Betula sp., Populus, Picea etc. forest, 09-10.VI.2001, S.I. Golovatch leg. (cRyv); 2 ♂, 3 km SSE Lepsinsk, Bulinka River canyon, 1100-1800 m a.s.l., 45°30'N, 80°38'E, 16-17.VI.2001, S.I. Golovatch leg. (cRyv); 1 ♂, Zailiysky Alatau Mts, ca. 20 km Turgen, Turgen River canyon, near Batan , 1750 m a.s.l., Picea, Betula sp., Salix etc. forest, 25.V.2001, 43°14'N, 77°46'E, S.I. Golovatch leg. (cRyv); 1 ♂, Urjar Distr., Tarbagatay River valley, ca. 1000 m a.s.l., highly disturbed Populus forest with Salix, Rosa, Lonicera, Crataegus, 47°17'N, 81°34'E, 24-25.VI.2001, S.I. Golovach leg. (cRyv); 3 ♂, Makanchi Distr., Tarbagatay Mts, 4 km NE Petrovskoe (=Kyzylbulak), Kyzylbulak River valley, 1100-1200 m a.s.l., riverine, Populus, Malus, Salix forest, 22.VI.2001, 47°03'N, 82°18′E, S.I. Golovatch leg. (cRyv).

Comments on taxonomy, distributon and bionomics.

The latest summary of diagnostic characters, bionomics and distribution of Q. limbatus  , a common Western Palearctic species can be found in Assing and Schülke (2012). Based on earlier records (Table 1) and newly examined material in Middle Asia it is known from southern Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

Among all Middle Asian species Q. limbatus  is more similar to Q. cohaesus  from which it can be easily distinguished by the structure of aedeagus with a sharper apex of the median lobe (in lateral view) and sensory peg setae of the paramere (underside) arranged in short regular rows, slightly diverging from each other basally.

Usually this species occurs in lowlands up to the subalpine zone, but is mostly confined to forests and humid ground-based debris, often near streams ( Assing and Schülke 2012). In Middle Asia Q. limbatus  was collected at elevations up to 1750 m near rivers in forested landscapes.