Helops punctatissimus Nabozhenko & Keskin, 2017

Nabozhenko, Maxim V., Keskin, Bekir, Keskin, Nurşen Alpagut, Gagarina, Ludmila V. & Nabozhenko, Svetlana, 2021, Two new species and new records of lichen-feeding darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Helopini) from Turkey with notes on bionomics and trophic relations, Zootaxa 5057 (1), pp. 69-86: 82

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5057.1.4

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:E20C7DF7-5EFC-40E1-BBE2-CFDAA05672AE

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5587937

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Helops punctatissimus Nabozhenko & Keskin, 2017
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Helops punctatissimus Nabozhenko & Keskin, 2017  

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Material. 2♂, 2♀ ( SMNS): Turkey, Bitlis Prov., Reşadiye, Van Lake , 1– 17.06.2007 (leg. C. Reuter)   ; 4♂, 3♀ ( ZDEU): Turkey, Bitlis Prov., Tatvan env., Küçüksu , 38°28ʹ05.91ʺN / 42°19ʹ21.68ʺE, 1770 m, 29.05.2021 (leg. B. Keskin, U. Çalışan, K. Yılmaz) GoogleMaps   .

Note. This species was described based on a single male specimen. The newly collected material enables us to supplement the initial description with data on females.

Brief description of female. Measurements: Y—1.36; PH —1.67; P w P l —1.17; E l E w —1.65; EH w —3.65; EP w — 1.3; EP l —2.55. Body much more robust than in male, strongly convex. Head, legs and scutellar shield blue, prothorax dark violet, pterothorax and abdomen dark-blue. Antennae short, not reaching base of pronotum; antennomere 11 asymmetric, with oblique apex. Pronotum slightly transverse, widest little behind middle. Elytra widest behind middle. Pro- and metatibiae straight, mesotibiae slightly bent. Protarsomeres 1–4 very short, transverse, but not widened as in males.

Distribution and bionomics. This species was described from the surroundings of Tatvan based on a single male specimen, which was collected under the trunk of old Juniperus excelsa   . After a long search, H. punctatissimus   was not found further on junipers, however, numerous specimens were registered in 2021 on Quercus cerris   L. around Tatvan.

SMNS

Staatliches Museum fuer Naturkund Stuttgart

ZDEU

Zoology Department, Ege University

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Tenebrionidae

Genus

Helops