Themus (Haplothemus) licenti Pic, 1938

Yang, Yuxia, Kopetz, Andreas & Yang, Xingke, 2013, Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes on the genera Themus Motschulsky and Lycocerus Gorham (Coleoptera, Cantharidae), ZooKeys 340, pp. 1-19: 4

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scientific name

Themus (Haplothemus) licenti Pic, 1938
status

stat. rev.

Themus (Haplothemus) licenti Pic, 1938  stat. rev. Fig. 3

Themus licenti  Pic 1938a: 161. [Synonymized with Themus coriaceipennis  (Fairmaire, 1889) by Wittmer 1983a: 224.]

Themus coriaceipennis  (Fairmaire, 1889): Wittmer 1983a: 224, figs 43, 111. [Misidentification.]

Type material examined.

Themus licenti  : Holotype ♀ (MNHN): [p]"CHANSI. S.O. \ 22.VII.35", [p]"HO CHAN \ 2,255m", [h]"Themus \ licenti n. sp.", [h]"Themus (s.str.) \ coriaceipennis \ (Fairm.) \ det. W. Wittmer", [p] “HOLOTYPUS”.

Telephorus coriaceipennis  : Holotype ♀ (MNHN): [p]"Thibet \ Tàtsiénloù \ M. F. Biet", [h]"Telephorus \ coriaceipennis \ n. sp.", [h]"Themus (s.str.) \ coriaceipennis \ (Fairm.) \ det. W. Wittmer", [p] “HOLOTYPUS”.

Additional material examined.

CHINA: Henan: 1♂, 1♀ (IZAS): Lushi, Jihe forestry station, 1200m, 20.VII.2001, leg. Kang-Zhen Dong. Sichuan: 5♂♂, 1♀ (NHMB): "Szechuen, Yao Gi, nr Mupin, 7400ft., 15.VII.1929, D. C. Graham"; 1♂, 1♀ (NHMB): "Mu San Tsai, 10km NW Weichow, 8700ft., 26.-28.VI.1933, D. C. Graham"; 1♂, 1♀ (IZAS): Luding, Xinxing, Yanzigou, 1560m, 7.VIII.2004, leg. Ming Bai.

Distribution.

China (Henan, Shaanxi, Sichuan).

Remarks.

Themus licenti  Pic, 1938a was synonymized with Themus coriaceipennis  (Fairmaire, 1889) by Wittmer (1983a). However, examination of the holotypes of both nominal species shows that they are different species. Themus licenti  is obviously different from Themus coriaceipennis  in the following characters: head (Fig. 3) width across eyes wider than anterior margin of pronotum, pronotum reddish brown with a large black marking in middle, abdominal sternite VIII of female (see Wittmer 1983a: fig. 111) deeply concaved on both sides of the middle emargination of posterior margin; while in Themus coriaceipennis  (Fig. 4), head width across eyes narrower than anterior margin of pronotum, pronotum uniformly dark brown, without any black marking, abdominal sternite VIII of female (Fig. 22) slightly concaved on both sides of the middle emargination of posterior margin. Therefore, we suggest Themus licenti  Pic, 1938a be resurrected from synonymy with Themus coriaceipennis  (Fairmaire, 1889).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Cantharidae

Genus

Themus