Trisunius spathulatus ASSING , 2011, ASSING, 2011

Assing, Volker, 2015, A revision of Trisunius V. Three new species and additional records, including the first records of the genus from Vietnam (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae), Linzer biologische Beiträge 47 (2), pp. 1179-1190: 1181

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Trisunius spathulatus ASSING , 2011


Trisunius spathulatus ASSING, 2011   ( Map 2 View Map 2 )

M a t e r i a l e x a m i n e d: China Y u n n a n: 833, 10♀♀, 18 exs [partly teneral], mountain W Gej iu, 23°24'N, 103°07'E, 1990 m, mixed forest, litter and various debris sifted, 23.VIII.2014, leg. Assi ng & Schülke (cAss, cSch, MNHUB) GoogleMaps   ; 2 33, 1♀, 1 ex., same data, but 24.VII.2014 (cAss, cSch) GoogleMaps   ; 433, 4♀♀, 3 exs., same data, but 25.VII.2014 (cAss, cSch) GoogleMaps   ; 13, 3 exs. [partly teneral], mountain SE Gej iu, 23°18'N, 103°12'E, 2400 m, graveyard with pine, pine litter and herb roots sifted, 20.VIII.2014, leg. Schülke (cSch, cAss). Thailand: 433, 2♀♀, Doi Inthanon, Maeaum, 18°32'N, 98°31'E, 1560 m, along little river in dense vegetation, river bank, litter and debris sifted, 18.XII.2013, leg. Ob (cAss) GoogleMaps   ; 1♀, Doi Inthanon , summit, 18°35'N, 98°29'E, 2530 m, leaf litter sifted, 11.XII.2013, leg. Ob (cAss). Vietnam: 833, 9♀♀, 7 km NW Sa Pa, 22°22'N, 103°47'E, 1840 m, steep moist stream valley with bushes and trees, litter and roots of herbs sifted, 30.VII.2013, leg. Assing & Wunderle (c Ass, cWun, MNHUB) GoogleMaps   ; 1633, 17♀♀, same data, but 1.VIII.2013, leg. Assing (cAss, MNHUB) GoogleMaps   ; 1 3, pass 8 km WNW Sa Pa , 22°21'N, 103°46'E, 2010 m, secondary deciduous forest with bamboo, forest margin with bushes, litter, moss, and roots sifted, 5. V III.2013, leg. Assing (cAss) GoogleMaps   ; 1 3, 1♀, same data, but 6.VIII.2013, leg. Wunderle (cWun) GoogleMaps   ; 1 3, 2♀♀, same data, but 12.VIII.2013, leg. Assing (cAss, MNHUB) GoogleMaps   ; 1 ♀, same data, but 14.VIII.2013 ( MNHUB) GoogleMaps   ; 3133, 25♀♀, 6 km NW Sa Pa , 22°22'N, 103°47'E, 1810 m, margin of pasture with bushes and small trees, litter and roots sifted, 7.VIII.2013, leg. Assing & Wunderle (cAss, cWun, MNHUB) GoogleMaps   ; 1433, 11♀♀, 10 km NW Sa Pa , 22°22'N, 103°45'E, 1850 m, moist stream valley with deciduous trees, litter and roots between rocks sifted, 8.VIII.2013, leg. Assing & Wunderle (cAss, cWun, MNHUB) GoogleMaps   ; 42 33, 31♀♀, pass 8 km NW Sa Pa , 22°21'N, 103°46'E, 2030 m, margin of secondary deciduous forest with bushes, bamboo, and herbs, litter, roots, and moss sifted, 9.VIII.2013, leg. Assing & Wunderl e (cAss, cWun, MNHUB) GoogleMaps   ; 12 33, 12♀♀, same data, but 10.VIII.2013 (cAss, cWun, MNHUB) GoogleMaps   .

C o m m e n t: The previously known distribution of T. spathulatus   was confined to southwestern Yunnan (A SSING 2013). The above material represents the first records from southeastern Yunnan, Thailand, and Vietnam ( Map 2 View Map 2 ). The males from Thailand and Vietnam differ from the type material in that the apex of the ventral process of the aedeagus is only weakly dilated. However, since the aedeagal, the m ales secondary sexual, and the external characters are otherwise identical and since the m ales from East

Yunnan are somewhat intermediate in this respect, the observed differences are attributed to clinal variation. The species is wing-di morphic, the macropterous morph having fully developed hind wings and the brachy pterous morph having wings of reduced length

(approximately twice as long as the ely tra). The presence of a m acropterous morph explains the rather extensive distribution of T. spathulatus   . Some of the specimens from

Vietnam are teneral.


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