Dicheirotrichus (Pelagophilus) punicus BEDEL, 1899, BEDEL, 1899

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Dicheirotrichus (Pelagophilus) punicus BEDEL, 1899


Dicheirotrichus (Pelagophilus) punicus BEDEL, 1899  

= Dichirotrichus punicus aegyptiacus SCHATZMAYR, 1936, Syn. nov.

M a t e r i a l e x a m i n e d: Egypt: " Ikingi Mariout 18.3.35 Mex Egitto W. Wittmer ", " D. punicus   aegypt. Schtz. det. A.Schatzmayr" (1♀ - cWR, possibly syntype)   ; " Kairo ", " obtusicollis m. Cairo Ferraute ", " Pelagophilus punicus Bedel   " (16 - TMB)   ; " Amrich , H. H. 1912", " Coll. Alfieri, Egypte " (1♀ - FMNH)   ; " Mey , Aout, 1909", " Coll. Alfieri, Egypte " (16 - FMNH)   ; Burg el Arab, Mariut , West Desert Prov., 22.VI.1951, H. Hoogstraal (1♀ - FMNH)   ; " Alexandrie, Aegypt, 1908 (Gassner)" (1 - NHMW); Alexandria City , 2.-7.XII.2015, R. Kmeco (4♀♀, 2♀♀, cKM, cWR)   .

The description of Dicheirotrichus punicus   aegyptiacus is based on specimens from Egypt ("Hamam-Alessandria; Mex; Abuchir; Decheila") distinguished from those of the nominotypical subspecies in having a short seta in posterior angles of pronotum ( SCHATZMAYR 1936: 80). The examination of the material from Egypt revealed that only few specimens possess such seta, sometimes only on one side; most specimens from Egypt lack a seta in the posterior pronotal angles, additionally we found setae in the posterior angles in one specimen from Tunisia and in two ones from Cyprus. Since the specimens with a seta in posterior angles of pronotum do not differ in other characters including the construction of the aedeagus and its internal sac structure from the specimens without such seta both from Egypt and from other geographical range, D. punicus   aegyptiacus is treated here as a synonym of D. punicus   .


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