Odocnemis valga ( Baudi di Selve, 1876 )

Nabozhenko, Maxim V. & Háva, Jiří, 2020, To the knowledge of the Near East species of the genus Odocnemis Allard, 1876 (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Helopini), Zootaxa 4767 (2), pp. 319-331: 326-327

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Odocnemis valga ( Baudi di Selve, 1876 )


Odocnemis valga ( Baudi di Selve, 1876)  

( Figs 1E,F View FIGURE 1 , 3 View FIGURE 3 S–V)

Baudi di Selve, 1881: 291 [ Helops (Odocnemis)   ]; Seidlitz, 1896: 723 [ Helops (Odocnemis)   ]; Reitter, 1922: 129 [ Cylindronotus (Odocnemis)   ]; Gebien, 1943: 426 [ Cylindronotus (Odocnemis)   ]; Chikatunov et al., 1997: 368 ( Cylindronotus   ); Finkel et al., 2002: 210; Nabozhenko, 2008: 37 ( Odocnemis   ); Nabozhenko & Löbl, 2008: 245 ( Odocnemis   ); Nabozhenko & Keskin, 2016: 22 ( Odocnemis   ); Nabozhenko & Tichý, 2019: 7 ( Odocnemis   ).

Type locality: “Hierosolymam” (Jerusalem).

Type material. Not studied.

Additional material. Israel. 1♀ ( TAU): Tel-Aviv Yar, 8.ii.1946 (leg. Bytinski-Salz); 4♂, 6♀ ( TAU): the same locality, ii.1941 (leg. Bytinski-Salz); 2♂, 2♀ ( TAU): the same locality, 28.xii.1951, 17.ii.1952 (leg. Swir- ski); 1♀ ( TAU): the same locality, 16.i.1967 (leg. Bytinski-Salz); 1♂, 2♀ ( TAU): Haifa-Carmel, 27.ii.1947 (leg. Bytinski-Salz); 1♂ ( TAU): Jerusalem, 18.iii.1945 (leg. Bytinski-Salz); 1♂, 3♀ ( TAU): the same place, 30.xii.1952, 28.ii.1954, 12.ii.1956, 16.xii.1956 (collector unknown); 1♂, 1♀ ( TAU): same locality, 19.i.1953 (leg. Swirski); 1♀ ( TAU): Hartuv, 20.iii.1954 (collector unknown); 1♀ ( TAU): Revivim, 27.xii.1956 (leg. anonymous student); 1♀ ( TAU): Kefar-Daniyyel, 18.01.1956 (leg. J. Wahrman); 1♂, 1♀ ( TAU):Adullam, on Quercus calliprinos   , 31.xii.1963 (leg. J. Halperis); 1♂ ( ZIN), 2♀ ( TAU): same locality, 3.iv.2003, 15.i.2004 (leg. U. Columbus, T. Levanony); 1♂ and 1♀ ( TAU), 1♀ ( ZIN): Beit-Shemesh, 2.ii.1972 (leg. M. Kaplan); 1♂, 1♀ ( CSB): Iaar Hauasi, 13.ii.1978 (leg. R. Sciaky); 1♀ ( TAU): Oren [Beit Oren], 3.iv.1979 (leg. D. Furth); 1♀ ( TAU): Ben Shemen, 11.i.1986 (leg. E. Shey-Dor); 1♀ ( TAU): Ramat-Gan, 6.i.1981 (leg. I. Mussbaum); 1♂ ( TAU): Mt. Meron , 1100 m, 8.iii.1997 (leg. V. Chikatunov); 1 ♂ ( TAU): Latrun, 2.iii.1998 (leg. V. Chikatunov)   .

Redescription. Male. Body slender, reddish-brown, dull, antennae and legs more light and reddish. Head widest at eye level. Eyes large, convex. Ratio of head width at eyes to distance between eyes 1.79–1.8. Lateral margin of head without or with weak sinuation between genae and epistoma. Genae angulate. Fronto-epistomal depression narrow. Punctation of head coarse ad dense (puncture diameter near 2 times as long as interpuncture distance); punctures in middle of frons often larger, flat-bottomed, base of frons finely and sparsely punctated; punctation of epistoma finer, but also dense. Antennae long and thin, with four apical antennomeres extending beyond base of pronotum.

Pronotum weakly transverse (1.16 times as wide as long), widest at middle or slightly before middle, subcordiform. 1.38–1.44 as wide as head. Lateral margins of pronotum evenly moderately rounded, emarginated near base; anterior margin widely emarginated, base straight or very weakly emarginated in middle. Anterior angles right, posterior ones weakly obtuse, all angles narrowly rounded at apex. Disc moderately or weakly convex, with finely beaded lateral margins and wider beaded anterior margin and base. Punctation of disc from fine and sparse (puncture diameter 2–3 times as short as interpuncture distance) to moderately coarse and dense (puncture diameter subequal to interpuncture distance). Prothoracic hypomera with several transverse wrinkles near coxae and coriaceous microsculpture on other surface.

Elytra elongate (1.79–1.89 times as long as wide), widest usually after middle (sometimes near middle), 1.3– 1.36 times as wide and 2.77–3 times as long as pronotum. Striae consist of deep separate round punctures with unclear margins, not merged. Interstriae convex, without simple punctation, completely with large dense granules. Elytra without mucron, pubescent at apex. Epipleura pubescent from middle to apex or only near apex, where hairs very dense. Meso- and metaventrite finely and sparsely punctated.

Abdominal ventrites sparsely and finely punctated, ventrite 1 with hair brush in middle, ventrite 5 completely beaded, surface with wide and weak depression and sparse subrecumbent setation.

Pro- and mesotibiae bent, not bisinuate on inner or outer side, with 5–7 teeth and dense hairs apically on inner side. Metatibiae strongly transformed, S-shaped bent in lateral view and C-bent from extensor side; inner side widely depressed and pubescent with very dense and long goldish hairs. Protarsi slightly distinctly widened, meso- and metatarsi not broadened.

Body length 12–13.5 mm, width 4–4.5 mm.

Female. Body more robust antennae shorter, only 2 apical antennomeres extending beyond base of pronotum, tibiae without teeth, metatibiae not transformed, protarsi not widened, abdominal ventrite 5 with deep large round depression. Body length 10.5–14 mm.

Distribution. Israel, Jordan ( Nabozhenko & Tichý, 2019). This species was recorded also from “ Syria ” by Seidlitz (1896), Reitter (1922) and Finkel et al. (2002), but these records were not supported by a collected material.

Bionomics. Imagoes of this species inhabit mainly Quercus   (label data), where they probably feed on lichens.


Tel-Aviv University


Russian Academy of Sciences, Zoological Institute, Zoological Museum


Tavera, Department of Geology and Geophysics


St. John's University/College of Saint Benedict


Departamento de Geologia, Universidad de Chile


Royal British Columbia Museum - Herbarium