Atheta festinans ( Erichson, 1839 )

Gusarov, Vladimir I., 2003, Revision of some types of North American aleocharines (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae), with synonymic notes, Zootaxa 353 (1), pp. 1-134: 72-75

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Atheta festinans ( Erichson, 1839 )
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Atheta festinans ( Erichson, 1839)  

( Figs. 103–106 View FIGURES 103–106 )

Homalota festinans Erichson, 1839: 112   .

Atheta (Microdota) festinans: Bernhauer, 1907: 388   (as valid species).

Atheta festinans: Blatchley, 1910: 356   (as valid species).

Atheta punctata Blatchley, 1910: 355   (publication date: September 20, 1910), syn. nov.

Synaptina merica Casey, 1910a: 131   (publication date: September 24, 1910), syn. nov.

Synaptina consonens Casey, 1910a: 132   , syn. nov.

Atheta (Microdota) festinans: Fenyes, 1920: 187   (as valid species).

Atheta punctata: Fenyes, 1920: 187   (as valid species of doubtful systematic position).

Atheta (Synaptina) merica: Fenyes, 1920: 201   (as valid species).

Atheta (Synaptina) consonens: Fenyes, 1920: 202   (as valid species).

Atheta (Microdota) festinans: Bernhauer & Scheerpeltz, 1926: 632   (as valid species).

Atheta (s. str.) punctata: Bernhauer & Scheerpeltz, 1926: 649   (as valid species).

Atheta (Synaptina) merica: Bernhauer & Scheerpeltz, 1926: 629   (as valid species).

Atheta (Synaptina) consonens: Bernhauer & Scheerpeltz, 1926: 628   (as valid species).

Atheta (Microdota) festinans: Moore & Legner, 1975: 361   (as valid species; misspelled as festians).

Atheta (s. str.) punctata: Moore & Legner, 1975: 371   (as valid species).

Atheta (Synaptina) merica: Moore & Legner, 1975: 366   (as valid species).

Atheta (Synaptina) consonens: Moore & Legner, 1975: 357   (as valid species).

Microdota festinans: Seevers, 1978: 264   (as valid species).

Xenota punctata: Seevers, 1978: 269   (as valid species).

Synaptina merica: Seevers, 1978: 261   (as valid species).

Synaptina consonens: Seevers, 1978: 261   (as valid species).

Type material. Lectotype of Homalota festinans   (here designated): ♀, “5430”, “ festinans Er. Pensylv.   [Pennsylvania] Zimm.[ermann]” (green label), “Typus” (red label), “Zool. Mus. Berlin ”, “ Homalota festinans Er.   [on red side of the label] / Lectotypus Lohse fix. 1983 [on white side of the label]” [ Lohse never published this lectotype designation] ( ZMHB)   . Paralectotypes: 4♀♀, “ Pennsylvania Zimmermann Nr. 5430”, “Typus” (red label), “Zool. Mus. Berlin ” ( ZMHB)   .

Lectotype of Atheta punctata   (here designated): ♀, “TYPE” (red label), “ Posey Co. Ind. [iana] W.S.B. [Blatchley] 3.vi.1909 ”, “3638 det. A.Fenyes ”, “Purdue Blatchley collection”, “ Atheta punctata   sp. nov. ” ( PURC).  

Lectotype of Synaptina merica   (here designated): ♀, “Ia. [Iowa, Keokuk ]”, “ Synaptina merica Csy.   ”, “TYPE USNM 39185” (red label), “CASEY bequest 1925” ( NMNH)   . Paralectotypes: ♀, “ Iowa City, Ia. [Iowa] Wickham ”, “ merica   ­2 PARATYPE USNM 39185” (red label), “CASEY bequest 1925”   ; ♀, “Ari.[zona, Williams ]” (with two black dots after “i”), “? merica   ­3 (set apart slightly) PARATYPE USNM 39185” (red label), “CASEY bequest 1925” ( NMNH)   .

Lectotype of Synaptina consonens   (here designated): ♀, “R.[hode] I.[sland, Boston Neck]”, “ consonens Csy.   ”, “TYPE USNM 39186” (red label), “CASEY bequest 1925” ( NMNH)   . Paralectotypes: ♀, “R.[hode] I.[sland, Boston Neck ]”, “ consonens   ­2 PARATYPE USNM 39186” (red label), “CASEY bequest 1925”   ; ♀, “N.[ew] Y.[ork, near New York City ]”, “ consonens   ­3 PARATYPE USNM 39186” (red label), “CASEY bequest 1925”   ; ♀, “L.[ong Island]”, “ consonens   ­4 PARATYPE USNM 39186” (red label), “CASEY bequest 1925”   ; 4♀♀, “ Ia. [Iowa, Cedar Rapids]”, “ consonens   PARATYPE USNM 39186” (red label), “CASEY bequest 1925”   ; 4♀♀, “ Ia. [Iowa, Keokuk]”, “ consonens   PARATYPE USNM 39186” (red label), “CASEY bequest 1925” ( NMNH)   .

Additional material. UNITED STATES: Connecticut: New Haven Co.: ♀, New Haven, 26.ii.1910 (A.Champlain) ( NMNH (Casey collection))   ; Kansas: Douglas Co.: 36♀♀, 1.5 km N Lawrence, right bank of the Kansas River , 38º58.96'N 95º14.62'W, 200 m, in flood refuse, 1.v.1999 (V.I.Gusarov) ( KSEM, SPSU) GoogleMaps   .

Diagnosis. Atheta festinans   can be recognized by the black head and abdomen, the brown pronotum, elytra, antennae and mouthparts, yellow legs, strongly transverse antennal articles 8–10, the pronotal pubescence of type II ( Benick & Lohse 1974), the mesotibial macroseta thin, short and poorly visible among microsetae; and the distinct shape of the spermatheca ( Figs. 105–106 View FIGURES 103–106 ).

Discussion. The types of H. festinans   , At. punctata   , Sy. merica   and Sy. consonens   are similar in external characters and the shape of the spermatheca. All these names are considered to be synonyms.

Synaptina merica   is the type species of the genus Synaptina Casey, 1910a   by original designation (Casey first species rule). Casey did not specifically state in his description of Synaptina   that Sy. merica   was the type species of Synaptina   ; however, while designating the type species of Noverota Casey, 1910a   in the same paper, Casey stated (1910a, p. 90): “The first species may be regarded as the type, as in all other cases where the type is not specifically named”.

When describing the genus Synaptina, Casey (1910a)   did not explicitly state in what characters it differed from other athetine genera. In my opinion, all characters mentioned by Casey in the description of Synaptina   fit the genus Atheta   in the broad sense. The type species of Synaptina   is similar to other species of Atheta   with pronotal pubescence of type II. I consider Synaptina   to be a synonym of Atheta   at the rank of genus.

Atheta festinans   appears to be a parthenogenetic species. All 53 examined specimens are females.

Distribution. Atheta festinans   is known from Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Arizona.

PURC

Purdue University

NMNH

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Staphylinidae

Genus

Atheta

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Atheta festinans ( Erichson, 1839 )

Gusarov, Vladimir I. 2003
2003
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Microdota festinans:

Seevers, C. H. 1978: 264
1978
Loc

Xenota punctata:

Seevers, C. H. 1978: 269
1978
Loc

Synaptina merica:

Seevers, C. H. 1978: 261
1978
Loc

Synaptina consonens: Seevers, 1978: 261

Seevers, C. H. 1978: 261
1978
Loc

Atheta (Microdota) festinans:

Moore, I. & Legner, E. F. 1975: 361
1975
Loc

Atheta (s. str.) punctata: Moore & Legner, 1975: 371

Moore, I. & Legner, E. F. 1975: 371
1975
Loc

Atheta (Synaptina) merica:

Moore, I. & Legner, E. F. 1975: 366
1975
Loc

Atheta (Synaptina) consonens:

Moore, I. & Legner, E. F. 1975: 357
1975
Loc

Atheta (Microdota) festinans:

Bernhauer, M. & Scheerpeltz, O. 1926: 632
1926
Loc

Atheta (s. str.) punctata:

Bernhauer, M. & Scheerpeltz, O. 1926: 649
1926
Loc

Atheta (Synaptina) merica:

Bernhauer, M. & Scheerpeltz, O. 1926: 629
1926
Loc

Atheta (Synaptina) consonens:

Bernhauer, M. & Scheerpeltz, O. 1926: 628
1926
Loc

Atheta (Microdota) festinans:

Fenyes, A. 1920: 187
1920
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Atheta punctata:

Fenyes, A. 1920: 187
1920
Loc

Atheta (Synaptina) merica:

Fenyes, A. 1920: 201
1920
Loc

Atheta (Synaptina) consonens:

Fenyes, A. 1920: 202
1920
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Atheta festinans:

Blatchley, W. S. 1910: 356
1910
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Atheta punctata

Blatchley, W. S. 1910: 355
1910
Loc

Synaptina merica

Casey, T. L. 1910: 131
1910
Loc

Synaptina consonens

Casey, T. L. 1910: 132
1910
Loc

Atheta (Microdota) festinans:

Bernhauer, M. 1907: 388
1907
Loc

Homalota festinans

Erichson, W. F. 1839: 112
1839