Onthophagus (Onthophagiellus) millingeni d’Orbigny, 1898

Ziani, Stefano, Abdel-Dayem, Mahmoud Saleh, Aldhafer, Hathal Mohammed & Barbero, Enrico, 2019, An overview of the Onthophagini from the Arabian Peninsula (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Scarabaeidae), Zootaxa 4658 (1), pp. 1-36: 21

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Onthophagus (Onthophagiellus) millingeni d’Orbigny, 1898
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Onthophagus (Onthophagiellus) millingeni d’Orbigny, 1898 

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Literature quotes. SAUDI ARABIA  : Hejaz, “Hedjaz” (d’Orbigny 1898a). YEMEN: without locality (d’Orbigny 1898a).

Material examined. SAUDI ARABIA  : Asir Province, Abha, Raydah Nature Reserve , 1614 m (1811.749′N 4223.345′E), 31.vii.2015, H. Al Dhafer, H. Fadl, M. Abdel-Dayem, A. El Gharbawy & A. El Torkey leg. 2 exx. ( KSMA)  ; ibidem, 17.xi.2015, VC, H. Al Dhafer, H. Fadl, M. Abdel-Dayem, A. El Gharbawy & A. El Torkey leg. 1 ex. ( KSMA)  ; ibidem, 1851 m (1811.679′N 4223.691′E), H. Al Dhafer, H. Fadl, M. Abdel-Dayem, A. El Torkey & A. El Gharbawy leg. 1 ex. ( KSMA)  ; ibidem, 1897 m (1811.695′N 4223.818′E), 26.iv.2014, H. Al Dhafer, H. Fadl, M. Abdel-Dayem, A. El Torkey & A. El Gharbawy leg. 1 ex. ( KSMA)  ; ibidem, 9.v.2015, PT. H. Al Dhafer, et al. leg. 1 ♀ ( KSMA)  ; ibidem, 31.vii.2015, Al Dhafer, H. Fadl, M. Abdel-Dayem, A. El Gharbawy & A. El Torkey leg. 1 ex. ( KSMA)  . YEMEN: Sana’a Governorate, Bait Bows dam, 2500 m (1516′N 4412′E), V. Hula & Niedobov leg. 1 ex. ( NMPCAbout NMPC)  ; Haddah , 2413 m (1517′24″N 4409′59″), 11/ 20.xi.2003, D. Král leg. 2 exx. ( NMPCAbout NMPC)  ; Jabal Haraz mts. S of Manakhah vill., 2510 m (1504′N 4345′E), 3.xi.2010, J. Hájek & Bezdĕk leg. 15 exx. ( NMPCAbout NMPC)  ; Wadi Dhahr , 10.vi.2009, V. Hula leg 1 ex. ( NMPCAbout NMPC)  .

Distribution. Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia  , Yemen (d’Orbigny 1898a). Asia: Iraq ( Ziani & Bezděk 2016).

Remarks. According to Palestrini (1982) O. millingeni  belongs to the subgenus Onthophagiellus Balthasar, 1935  . As noted by Zunino (1976), Boucomont & Gillet (1927) misunderstood d’Orbigny (1913) and wrongly considered Onthophagus millingeni  a junior synonym of O. tessulatus Harold, 1871  , a species distributed in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. Subsequent authors such as Winkler (1929), Balthasar (1963), Ferreira (1972) and Paulian (1980) uncritically followed this synonymy. Actually the two species, even if very close, can be mainly distinguished by the morphology of genital armatures ( Zunino 1976). All the Arabian records for O. tessulatus  are to be attributed to O. millingeni  that is therefore an Iraqi-Arabian endemic.

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