Sunius bozdagensis,

Assing, Volker, 2006, On the Turkish species of Sunius. VII. Five new micropterous species from western Anatolia and additional records (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Paederinae), Beiträge Zur Entomologie = Contributions to Entomology 56 (2), pp. 297-315: 298-301

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Sunius bozdagensis

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Sunius bozdagensis  sp. n. ( Figs 1-11View Figs 1-10View Fig, Map 1View Map 1)

Type material:

Holotype : TR [1] - Izmir, 1480 m, Boz Dağlar, above Bozdağ , road to ski resort, 38°21'26N, 28°05'39E, 3.IV.2006, V. AssingGoogleMaps  / Holotypus  Sunius bozdagensis  sp. n. det. V. Assing 2006 (cAss)  . Paratypes: 4 , 4 : same data as holotype (cAss, cWun).


Small species, 2.4-3.1 mm (abdomen extended). Habitus as in Fig. 1View Figs 1-10. Coloration rather dark (compared to other micropterous species): head dark brown; pronotum bright reddish; elytra brown, darker than pronotum; abdomen blackish; legs pale yellowish; antennae yellowish red.

Head very weakly oblong, less than 1.1 times as long as wide; lateral margins subparallel in dorsal view; puncturation coarse and well-defined, in central dorsal area sparse, in lat- eral areas only slightly denser; microsculpture absent ( Fig. 2View Figs 1-10); eyes small ( Fig. 3View Figs 1-10), weakly projecting from lateral outline of head, postocular region in dorsal view approximately 3 times as long as eyes.

Pronotum approximately 0.90-0.95 times as wide as head and 1.1 times as long as wide; microsculpture absent; puncturation as coarse as that of head, but much denser ( Fig. 2View Figs 1-10).

Elytra approximately as wide as and at suture about 0.70 times as long as pronotum; puncturation ill-defined, much finer and shallower than that of pronotum ( Fig. 2View Figs 1-10); microsculpture shallow; surface less shiny than that of pronotum. Hind wings reduced.

Abdomen about 1.15 times as wide as elytra, widest at segments VI-VII; puncturation moderately dense and very fine, barely noticeable; microsculpture shallow, but distinct; posterior margin of tergite VII without palisade fringe.

: sternite VII not distinctly modified ( Fig. 4View Figs 1-10); sternite VIII unmodified, except for the posterior incision ( Fig. 5View Figs 1-10); aedeagus shaped as in Figs 6-10View Figs 1-10, internal sac without spines and without flagellum.

Etymology: The name (Lat., adj.) is derived from Boz Dağlar, the name of the mountain range where the type locality is situated.

Comparative notes:

In the keys in ASSING (2005b, 2005c), S. bozdagensis  would key out at couplet 4 together with S. hatayanus ASSING  , from which the new species is distinguished by the darker and more distinctly bicoloured body and by the shape of the aedeagus, especially the apex of the ventral process and the internal structures. For illustrations of the male sexual characters of S. hatayanus  see Figs 16-20View Figs 12-23 in ASSING (2005b).

Distribution and bionomics:

The type locality is situated in the Boz Dağlar, not far from the ski resort at the highest peak of the range. The type specimens were collected under stones and sifted from grass roots on a grassy north slope at an altitude of almost 1500 m ( Fig. 11View Fig).


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