Bledius corniger ROSENHAUER, 1856

Assing, Volker, Schülke, Michael, Brachat, Volker & Meybohm, Heinrich, 2018, On the Staphylinidae of the Greek island Corfu (Insecta: Coleoptera), Beiträge Zur Entomologie = Contributions to Entomology (Beitr. Entomol.) 68 (1), pp. 31-67: 55

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.21248/contrib.entomol.68.1.031-067

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4755182

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scientific name

Bledius corniger ROSENHAUER, 1856
status

 

Bledius corniger ROSENHAUER, 1856  

Bledius bubalus GISTEL, 1857: 18   ; syn. nov.

The original description of B. bubalus   , which is based on an unspecified number of syntypes from “Corfu” ( GISTEL 1857), is nearly devoid of information. GISTEL (1857) merely states that the head has three horns (“Kopf mit drei Hörnern, von denen das mittlere das längste”) and that the species is otherwise similar to his interpretation of B. crassicollis LACORDAIRE, 1835   .

Previous attempts at finding type material in the Gistel collection, which is supposedly deposited in the Zoologische Staatssammlung München, have not been successful (e.g., ASSING 2008c). Bledius bubalus   has never been recorded since the original description and is currently listed only for Corfu ( HERMAN 2001, SCHÜLKE & SMETANA 2015). However, Bledius species   are generally more or less widespread, so that the possibility that there is an endemic species in Corfu can be ruled out. There is no West Palaearctic Bledius species   with three horns on the head, so Gistel evidently misinterpreted the anterior process of the pronotum as originating from the head. Four species with two horn-like processes on the head and a long horn-shaped process of the pronotum are known from Corfu: B. spectabilis   , B. frisius   , B. furcatus   , and B. corniger   . Only B. corniger   is of similar size as B. crassicollis   , whereas the other three species are distinctly larger. Therefore, B. bubalus   is synonymized with B. corniger   .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Staphylinidae

Genus

Bledius

Loc

Bledius corniger ROSENHAUER, 1856

Assing, Volker, Schülke, Michael, Brachat, Volker & Meybohm, Heinrich 2018
2018
Loc

Bledius bubalus

GISTEL, J. N. F. X. 1857: 18
1857