Geostiba (Tropogastrosipalia) attaleensis PACE 1983

Assing, V., 2011, A revision of Geostiba of the West Palaearctic region. XXI. Eight new species from Turkey and the Caucasus, a new synonymy, and additional records (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae), Linzer biologische Beiträge 43 (2), pp. 1135-1158: 1136-1137

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Geostiba (Tropogastrosipalia) attaleensis PACE 1983


Geostiba (Tropogastrosipalia) attaleensis PACE 1983  

M a t e r i a l e x a m i n e d: Turkey: 23exs., Antalya, 22 km N Akseki, Teke geçidi, 37°15'N, 31°46'E, 1300 m, sifted from oak and cypress litter, 14.II.2011, leg. Schülke (cSch, cAss) GoogleMaps   ; 8 exs., Antalya, 10 km N Akseki , 37°09'N, 31°48'E, 1250 m, sifted from oak and cypress litter, 17.II.2011, leg. Schülke (cSch, cAss) GoogleMaps   .

The original description of G. attaleensis   is based on a single female from "Topraktepe" (PACE 1983), although males are required to identify and interpret species of the subgenus Tropogastrosipalia   . The species was subsequently tentatively interpreted by ASSING (2001) based on a male from the environs of Akseki. The above specimens are conspecific with this male.

An examination of the males in the material listed above revealed that the posterior margin of the pronotum may occasionally be weakly concave in the middle. In order to account for this variability, couplet 77 in the species key in ASSING (2009) is modified accordingly (see the key supplement in the section on G. pungens   ).