Cephennium besucheti, Assing & Meybohm, 2021

Assing, Volker & Meybohm, Heinrich, 2021, The Cephennium fauna of Turkey and the Middle East (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scydmaeninae), Beiträge Zur Entomologie = Contributions to Entomology 71 (1), pp. 1-28: 23

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http://doi.org/ 10.21248/contrib.entomol.71.1.001-028

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Cephennium besucheti

spec. nov.

Cephennium besucheti   spec. nov.


( Figs 18 View Figs 17–24 , 54 View Figs 48–58 , Map 3 View Map 3 )

Type material: Holotype : “TR Karahmanmaras [sic] (18) Pass N Tekir S Göksun, 1400–1550 m / 37°56'56N 36°34'E (18) 26.4.2004, Brachat & Meybohm / Holotypus  Cephennium besucheti   sp. n., det. V. Assing 2020” (cAss) GoogleMaps   . Paratypes: 2 , 3 : same data as holotype (cAss).

Etymology: This species is dedicated to our late friend, Claude Besuchet, specialist of Pselaphinae   and Scydmaeninae   . He studied Cephennium   , including the available type material of the described species, in the 1960s, prepared superb drawings of the aedeagus of both described and numerous undescribed species, but unfortunately never published his results. He also participated in the field trip to Turkey in 2004.

Description: Habitus as in Fig. 18 View Figs 17–24 . Pronotum with more distinct punctation than elytra. Other external and male secondary sexual characters as in C. marasicum   and C. corruptum   .

: aedeagus ( Fig. 54 View Figs 48–58 ) short, broad, and apically truncate, approximately 0.33 mm long; internal sac with narrowly fimbriate structures of distinctive shape; paramere apically extending slightly beyond apex of median lobe, with short apical seta.

Comparative notes: Cephennium besucheti   is reliably distinguished from other species of the C. corruptum   group only by the shape and internal structures of the aedeagus.

Distribution and natural history: The type locality is situated to the southeast of Göksun in the west of Kahramanmaraş province, central southern Anatolia ( Map 3 View Map 3 ). The specimens were sifted from litter on slopes with cedar, fir, and cypress at an altitude between 1400–1550 m.


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