Abdel-Dayem, Mahmoud S., Rasool, Iftekhar, Elgharbawy, Ali A., Nagel, Peter & Aldhafer, Hathal M., 2018, Faunistic inventory and zoogeographical analysis of the ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae) of Garf Raydah Nature Reserve, Southwestern of Saudi Arabia, and description of a new species of Paussinae, Zootaxa 4514 (3), pp. 341-371: 352

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Lebia   spec.

Material examined. GRNR: 1851 m: 26.IV.2014   , LT, 2 ♀. 1897 m: 26.IV.2014   , LT, 2 ♀   .

Comments. This species was found close to Lebia   (L.) zanzibarica Chaudoir, 1878   , in colour and pattern when compared with paratype. But differs by the frons and disc of the pronotum much more coarsely punctured in L. zanzibarica   , while in L. spec. the frons is smooth and only sporadic punctured. Also the sculpture of the pronotum is different. Specimens of L. spec. are also compared with nearby Afro-Ethiopian species in the collection of the Tropical Africa Museum, Tervuren, Belgium, and result suggests that these specimens belong to a new species. All specimens examined are females, it is impossible to study the morphology of the male tibia to assign a certain subgenus and we cannot describe it yet, because of the lack of males ( Rasool et al. 2018a).

Life forms and Remarks. ZPLD species. Recently this putative species was reported tentatively from KSA (Asir Province: GRNR), due to lack of male adults. The adult specimens were collected from Opuntia ficus-indica   and Olea europaea   plant communities of GRNR.


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