Alphitobius hobohmi Koch, 1953

Schawaller, Wolfgang & Grimm, Roland, 2014, The genus Alphitobius Stephens (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae, Alphitobiini) in Africa and adjacent islands, ZooKeys 415, pp. 169-190: 175-176

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scientific name

Alphitobius hobohmi Koch, 1953
status

 

Alphitobius hobohmi Koch, 1953  Figs 5, 23

Alphitobius rufus  Ardoin, 1976, syn. n.

Type specimens examined.

Namibia (labelled as SWA), Abachaus, XII.1946, leg. G. Hobohm, holotype, 1 paratype hobohmi TMSA (sex not examined). - Tanzania, Mts. Uluguru, Morogoro Campus Fac. Agriculture, 600 m, V./VI.1971, leg. J. Debecker, ♀ holotype rufus MRAC.

New material.

Ethiopia, Hararge Prov., Bisidimo, 1500 m, V.-VII.1984, leg. V. Meyer, 2 ex. ZSM. - Kenya, Meru Distr., Materi (Mitunguu), 800 m, 8.IV.1987, leg. R. Mourglia, 1 ex. SMNS (rufus det. Bremer). - Kenya, Meru Distr., Mojwa, 1300 m, 3.IV.1987, leg. R. Mourglia, 1 ex. ZSM (rufus det. Bremer). - Tanzania, Moschi, no further data, 1 ex. ZSM. - Tanzania, Manyara Lake, XII.1961, leg. H. & B. Frey, 1 ex. NHMB. - Namibia, Windhuk, 1906, leg. F. Kunze, 1 ex. MNB (det. Ferrer). - Angola, Blé Prov., Chissamba Mission Station, 1440 m, 9.XI.2011, leg. R. Müller, 1 ex. TMSA. - Angola, Huila Prov., 10 km SW Cacula, 1550 m, 4.-6.XI.2011, leg. R. Müller & P. Schüle, 1 ex. TMSA, 3 ex. SMNS. - Angola, Huila Prov., 15 km S Caluquembe, 1620 m, 6.XI.2011, leg. R. Müller, 1 ex. TMSA. - Angola, Huila Prov., 3.5 km SW Negola, 8.XII.2012, leg. P. Schüle, 2 ex. SMNS, 2 ex. CRG. - South Africa, Limpopo, Naboomspruit, Torino Ranche, 15.I.1990, leg. S. Endrödy-Younga, 1 ex. TMSA. - South Africa, Limpopo, 10 km N Modimolle (Nylstroom), 1300 m, 10.XII.2008, leg. R. Müller, 1 ex. TMSA. - South Africa, Free State, Bothaville, Vaal River, 16.I.2003, leg. M. Snižek, 1 ex. SMNS. - South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, SW Magudu, 4.-5.I.2009, leg. R. Müller & P. Schüle, 2 ex. SMNS, 2 ex. TMSA. - South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Ndumo NR, 100 m, 10.XII.2010, leg. R. Müller, 1 ex. TMSA.

Type localities.

"Abachaus, Otjiwarongo" (hobohmi), “Morogoro” (rufus).

Synonymy.

The Type specimens examined of Alphitobius hobohmi  and Alphitobius rufus  , as well as several non-type specimens from Namibia and adjacent Angola (near type locality of hobohmi), and from Tanzania and Kenya (near type locality of rufus) show no distinct external differences. The aedeagi of type specimens can not be compared, because the holotype of rufus is a female. Nevertheless, Alphitobius rufus  is considered as a junior synonym of Alphitobius hobohmi  .

Remarks.

In some localities (for example Modimolle and Magudu) Alphitobius hobohmi  was collected together with Alphitobius viator  .

Distribution.

Namibia ( Koch 1953, Ferrer 2004); Tanzania, Kenya ( Ardoin 1976); Ethiopia, Angola, South Africa (new records).