Oxypoda (Thliboptera) micans KRAATZ 1855, KRAATZ, 1855

Assing, V., 2006, New species and records of Staphylinidae from Greece, with two new synonymies (Insecta: Coleoptera), Linzer biologische Beiträge 38 (1), pp. 333-379: 359

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Oxypoda (Thliboptera) micans KRAATZ 1855


Oxypoda (Thliboptera) micans KRAATZ 1855  

Material examined: Greece: 14 exs., Levkás, Vouno peak, 1050 m, 25.IX.1993, leg. Assing (cAss, cWun)   ; 1 ex., Fthiotis , 30 km W Lamía, W Kalithea, 38°53N, 22°06E, 800 m, oak forest, 16.IV.2000, leg. Assing (cAss) GoogleMaps   ; 4 exs., N Larissa, Kato Olympos, above Goni, 39°54N, 22°27E, 550 m, roadside, nest of Messor sp., 6.IV.1998, leg. Assing (cAss) GoogleMaps   ; 7 exs., N Larissa, Kato Olympos, N Larissa, Kato Olympos , E Kallipefki , 39°58N, 22°29E, 1500-1580 m, 6.& 12.IV.1998, leg. Assing (cAss, cWun) GoogleMaps   ; 1♀, Makedhonia, NW Kavála, Pangéo , near ski resort, 1650 m, 24.V.1999, leg. Assing (cAss)   ; 1 ex., Pelopónnisos, Ahaia, Agios Nikolaos , IV.1999, leg. Wachtel (cAss)   ; 2 exs., Ikaría, Nas, 37°37N, 26°03E, 10-100 m, sifted from grass under Mastix shrubs, 26.IV.2003, leg. Brachat & Meybohm (cAss) GoogleMaps   .

C o m m e n t s: The species was originally described from " Griechenland " ( KRAATZ 1855), the locality is not specified. Recent records have not become known. Oxypoda micans   is somewhat similar to, but not conspecific with O. referens MULSANT & REY   from Corsica. The latter is of larger average body size, slightly paler coloration, and has shorter elytra. Most importantly, however, the median lobe of the aedeagus is of different morphology (shape of internal structures, smaller crista apicalis). These differences are not very pronounced, but constant.

The record from the Pangéo is somewhat doubtful, since it is based on a single female; males are required to confirm the presence of the species in northeastern Greece.