Quedius (Microsaurus) rufilabris Luze, 1904

Salnitska, Maria & Solodovnikov, Alexey, 2018, Revision of the Quedius fauna of Middle Asia (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Staphylininae), Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 2, pp. 117-159: 127

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Quedius (Microsaurus) rufilabris Luze, 1904


Quedius (Microsaurus) rufilabris Luze, 1904 

Quedius rufilabris  Luze, 1904, 100 (original description); Gridelli 1924, 72 (characters, notes).

Comments on taxonomy.

Luze (1904) described Quedius rufilabris  from "Seravschan: Putschin Pass’’ [Mountain Range or river Zeravshan in Tajikistan or Uzbekistan]. The description was based on a single female specimen. Gridelli (1924) based his knowledge of this species on Solsky’s original description only and placed Q. rufilabris  near Q. solskyi  . Similarly to Luze’s other species, Coiffait (1978) overlooked this species in his monograph. Unfortunately, we were unable to find the holotype of Q. rufilabris  , but based on its original description all diagnostic characters, especially chaetotaxy of the head and pronotum, match Q. koltzei  . Since the presumed type locality of Q. rufilabris  is rather remote from the distribution of Q. koltzei  , if the latter even occurs in Middle Asia (see above), we treat the former species as different from Q. koltzei  , at least until more material from relevant geographic areas will be studied.