Agonum (s. str.) monachum syriacum Schmidt & Liebherr, 2009,
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|Agonum (s. str.) monachum syriacum Schmidt & Liebherr, 2009|
Fully winged and flight-active (pers. obs.).
Known only from winter ponds (Fig. 31View Figures 31–34) and intact large wetlands (e.g., swamps north of the Sea of Galilee).
Spring breeder, adults hibernate (pers. obs.).
The species is distributed from Southwest Europe to Central Asia, southwards to Israel and Iran ( Schmidt 2017). The subspecies Agonum monachum syriacum is known from Southeast Turkey to Israel ( Schmidt and Liebherr 2009) and from Iran ( Schmidt 2017).
Distribution in the southern Levant.
In the southern Levant recorded exclusively from four sites in Israel, three of them from winter pools in the Central Coastal Plain (Berekhat Ya’ar (sometimes also written Breikhat Ya’ar), Dora Pool and Ga’ash Pool; from the latter two sites only single specimens). A large population exists also in the swamps north of the Sea of Galilee.
Schmidt (2017) listed the nominate subspecies from Israel, but we know only the subspecies subspecies Agonum monachum syriacum from the southern Levant. All specimens we know from the southern Levant show a greenish metallic luster on the upper side, despite the indication in the original description.
In contrast to A. nigrum a rarely recorded species; we know only two larger populations (Sea of Galilee, Berekhat Ya’ar). Threatened by habitat loss, drainage, and water table drawdown.
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