Sphaerotachys tetraspilus variabilis (Chaudoir, 1876)

Abdel-Dayem, Mahmoud S., Elgharbawy, Ali A., Rasool, Iftekhar, Nagel, Peter & Aldhafer, Hathal M., 2019, The Carabidae (Coleoptera) of Shada Al-A'Ala Nature Reserve, Southwestern Saudi Arabia, with description of a new species of Paussinae, ZooKeys 812, pp. 93-131: 120

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Sphaerotachys tetraspilus variabilis (Chaudoir, 1876)


Sphaerotachys tetraspilus variabilis (Chaudoir, 1876)  

Material examined.

471 m: 03.III.2015, LT, 11 exs. 851 m, 15.XI.2015, LT, 1 ex. 892 m: 23.IV.2014, LT, 2 exs. 1,325 m: 27.I.2015, LT, 53 exs. 15.II.2015, LT, 1 ex. 17.X.2014, LT, 1 ex. 1,474 m: 26.I.2015, PT, 5 exs. 27.I.2015, LT, 57 exs; 15.II.2014, LT, 2 exs; 02.III.2015, PT, 1 ex; 05.V.2015, LT, 5 exs; 18.X.2014, PT, 1 ex. 1,563 m: 26.I.2015, PT, 2 exs; 27.I.2015, LT, 7 exs; 02.III.2015, LT, 8 exs; 05.V.2015, LT, 3 exs. 1,611 m: 27.I.2015, LT, 25 exs; 02.III.2015, LT, 5 exs; 05.V.2015, LT, 25 exs; 03.VI.2014, LT, 1 ex; 17.X.2014, LT, 1 ex. 1,666 m: 27.I.2015, LT, 1 ex; 02.III.2015, LT, 1 ex; 05.V.2015, LT, 5 exs.

General distribution and zoogeography.

AE, AO, BF, CD, CI, CV, DZ, ER, ET, GM, IN, KE, ML, MR, NE, PK, SA, SD, SN, SO, TD, UG. AFR_ORR_SAR species.

Published records.

Asir (Basilewsky 1979; Abdel-Dayem et al. 2018), Baha ( El-Hawagry et al. 2013), Makkah (Britton 1948).


A common species that was collected during autumn, winter, and spring, with a peak during winter. The adults were collected at various altitudinal zones in Acacia   thorn woodlands and Barbary fig communities. Mahmoud Abdel-Dayem identified this subspecies.