Meotica caucasica BENICK , 1953,

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Meotica caucasica BENICK , 1953


Meotica caucasica BENICK, 1953  ( Figs 86-89View Figs 80-90)

Meotica caucasica BENICK, 1953: 74  . Meotica decolor ASSING, 2004b: 710  f.; nov.syn. T y p e m a t e r i a l e x a m i n e d: M. caucasica  : Holotype ♂: " ♂ / Caucasus. Araxestal. Leder. Reitter. / Meotica caucasica  ♂ G. Bck Typus / Coll. G. Benick / Meotica caucasica Benick , det. V. Assing 2018 " ( MHNG).  M. decolor: see ASSING (2004b). A d d i t i o n a l m a t e r i a l e x a m i n e d: TURKEY:A d a n a: 1♂,SWHasandede Geçidi, NE Kayadili , 37°30'N, 35°23'E, 1230 m, 26.IV.2007, leg. Brachat & Meybohm (cAss);GoogleMaps  1♂, 3♀♀, Belemedik , 37°20'N, 34°55'E, 690 m, 16.IV.2011, leg. Brachat & Meybohm (cAss);GoogleMaps  2♀♀, N Kozan, S Eskiyen Geçidi , 37°38'N, 35°51'E, 630 m, 3.V.2002, leg. Brachat & Meybohm (cAss).GoogleMaps  K a h r a m a n m a r a ş: 1♀, Andırın-Geben, 11 km from Geben , 37°42'N, 36°27'E, 1320 m, 27.IV.2007, leg. Brachat & Meybohm (cAss);GoogleMaps  1♂, 1♀, Geben-Göksun, 17 km from Göksun , 37°53'N, 36°27'E, 1550 m, 27.IV.2007, leg. Brachat & Meybohm (cAss);GoogleMaps  1♀, Çinarpınar , 37°39'N, 36°35'E, 575 m, 22.IV.2009, leg. Brachat & Meybohm (cAss);GoogleMaps  1♀, Çinarpınar , 37°40'N, 36°35'E, 960 m, 22.IV.2009, leg. Brachat & Meybohm (cAss);GoogleMaps  1♀, SW Imalı , 37°20'N, 36°42'E, 1050-1100 m, 21.IV.2009, leg. Brachat & Meybohm (cAss);GoogleMaps  1♂, 1♀, Tekir , 900-1400 m, 5.V.1978, leg. Besuchet and Löbl (cVog).  O s m a n i y e: 1♀, Kaypak-Yarpuz , 37°06'N, 36°27'E, 990 m, 3.V.2007, leg. Brachat & Meybohm (cAss);GoogleMaps  1♀, N Bahçe, Bekdemir , 37°16'N, 36°36'E, 1200 m, 21.IV.2007, leg. Brachat & Meybohm (cAss).GoogleMaps  H a t a y: 1♂, Antakya, Urabat , 6.V.1967, leg. Besuchet (cVog). 

C o m m e n t: The original description of M. caucasica  is based on a unique male from "Caucasus, Araxestal" ( BENICK 1953). An examination of the aedeagus revealed that it is conspecific with M. decolor, whose description is based on type material from the Turkish provinces Hatay, KahramanmaraŞ, and Adana ( ASSING 2004b). The species was subsequently recorded (as M. decolor) from KahramanmaraŞ, Adana, Kocaeli, and Gaziantep provinces ( ASSING 2006, 2009, 2013).

D i a g n o s i s: ♂: sternite VIII ( Fig. 86View Figs 80-90) moderately transverse, posterior margin obtusely angled in the middle; median lobe of aedeagus ( Figs 87-88View Figs 80-90) 0.24-0.25 mm long, with large crista apicalis; apical lobe of paramere yellowish.

♀: posterior margin of sternite VIII strongly convex, in the middle often shallowly concave; spermatheca ( Fig. 89View Figs 80-90) minute, of the M. parasita  type, but with much stouter proximal portion.

For a detailed description and additional illustrations see ASSING (2004b).

C o n f i r m e d d i s t r i b u t i o n: Turkey (Kocaeli, Adana, Kahramanmaraş, Osmaniye, Hatay, Gaziantep); Azerbaijan.


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Meotica caucasica BENICK , 1953

Assing, Volker & Vogel, Jürgen 2019

Meotica caucasica BENICK, 1953: 74

ASSING V 2004: 710
BENICK G 1953: 74