Meotica subnigra, Assing, 2006

Assing, Volker & Vogel, Jürgen, 2019, The mother of synonyms: on the Meotica species of the Palaearctic Region (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae, Oxypodini), Linzer biologische Beiträge 51 (2), pp. 731-772: 765

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Meotica subnigra


Meotica subnigra  ASSING, 2006 ( Figs 90-93View Figs 80-90View Figs 91-99)

Meotica subnigra  ASSING, 2006: 252. T y p e m a t e r i a l e x a m i n e d: SeeASSING (2006). 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: CYPRUS: 1♂, 1♀, Paphos, Miliou ,

8.VI.2016, leg. Miessen (cTro, cAss); 1♂, Kannaviou, Ezousa river, 350 m, 10.III.1996, leg.

Frisch (cAss).


C o m m e n t: The original description is based on a unique male holotype from the Turkish province Kahramanmaraş. The species was subsequently recorded also from Greece (Pelopónnisos) and the Turkish province Muğla ( ASSING 2013).

Based on the similar shape of the spermatheca, it seems possible that M. subnigra  is conspecific with M. arasensis  . Males from the vicinity of the type locality of the latter would be needed to clarify this.

D i a g n o s i s: Body of dark coloration. Hind wings present. ♂: sternite VIII ( Fig. 90View Figs 80-90) moderately transverse, posterior margin truncate; median lobe of aedeagus ( Figs 91- 92View Figs 91-99) 0.27-0.31 mm long; ventral process very slender both in ventral and in lateral view, and apically acute; apical lobe of paramere weakly to moderately infuscate.

♀: sternite VIII approximately as long as broad, posterior margin broadly convex; spermatheca of the M. parasita  type ( Fig. 93View Figs 91-99).

For additional illustrations see ASSING (2006). The aedeagus is of similar general morphology as that of M. parasita  , but distinguished by larger size, a greater distance between the smaller crista apicalis and the base of the ventral process, the presence of an indenture at the based of the ventral process (lateral view), and by a relatively smaller flagellum in the internal sac.

D i s t r i b u t i o n: Greece (Pelopónnisos); Turkey (Muğla, Kahramanmaraş); Cyprus.















Meotica subnigra

Assing, Volker & Vogel, Jürgen 2019

Meotica subnigra

ASSING, 2006: 252 .