Lithocharis nigriceps KRAATZ , 1859, KRAATZ, 1859

Assing, Volker, 2015, A revison of the Lithocharis species of the Palaearctic, Oriental and Australian regions (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae: Medonina), Linzer biologische Beiträge 47 (2), pp. 1133-1178: 1136-1137

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Lithocharis nigriceps KRAATZ , 1859


Lithocharis nigriceps KRAATZ, 1859  

Lithocharis nigriceps KRAATZ, 1859: 159   .

Lithocharis changlingensis LI, 1992: 56   ff.; nov.syn.

T y p e m a t e r i a l e x a m i n e d:seeASSING (2008).

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: Australia:A u s t r a l i a n C a p i t a l T e r r i t o r y 1♀, Pialligo , sprouting garlic, 20.VIII.1984, leg. Banks ( ANIC). N o r t h e r n T e r r i t o r y: 1♀, Jasper Gorge, 16°02'S, 130°48'E, at light, 15.X.2000, leg. Weir & Yeates ( ANIC). S o u t h W a l e s: 533, 1♀, 8 km NE Batemans Bay, 35°39'S, 150°14'E, from grass clippings, 28.IV.1991, leg. Gush ( ANIC, cAss) GoogleMaps   ; 13, 1.8 km E Loomberah , 31°12'S, 151°02'E, rotting straw, 5.X.1992, leg. Horning GoogleMaps   ; 1♀, Bawley Point , 35°30'S, 150°24'E, 8.XII.1995, leg. Rentz & McCarron ( ANIC). Q u e e n s l a n d: 1♀, Mt. Coot-tha, 27°29'S, 152°57'E, light trap, 18.XII.1990, leg. Lawrence ( ANIC) GoogleMaps   ; 13, Gap Creek , 15°51'S, 145°20'E, at light, 24.XI.1992, leg. Calder & Zborowski ( ANIC) GoogleMaps   ; 233, Bucasia , 13.II.2004, leg. Sandery ( ANIC)   ; 1♀, same data, but 31.III.2004 ( ANIC)   ; 233, 1♀, Bramston Beach via Innisfall, coastal melaleuca swamp, at light, 15.VIII.1987, leg. Walford-Huggins ( ANIC, cAss)   ; 1♀, same data, but flight interception trap, 18.IX.-11.XI.1987 ( ANIC)   ; 1♀, 6 km WSW Tallebudgera , 29°11'S, 153°23'E, at light, 18-23.IV.1994, leg. Rentz et al. ( ANIC) GoogleMaps   .

C o m m e n t: The type material of L. nigriceps   was revised and a lectotype was designated earlier ( ASSING 2008). Lithocharis changlingensis   was described from Jilin Province, Northeast China. Previous attempts at locating type material of species decribed in LI et al. (1990) and LI (1992) have failed (e.g., FELDMANN et al. 2014). In the short original description LI (1992) states that L. changlingensis   is similar to L. nigriceps   , but does not indicate any distinguishing characters whatsoever. The presence of only two species, L. nigriceps   and L. ochracea   , has been confirmed for the northern East Palaearctic region. According to LI (1992) the type material of L. changlingensis   has the midline of the pronotum impunctate, so that there is little doubt that it is conspecific with L. nigriceps   , a common species in China.

Lithocharis nigriceps   is the most common and the most widespread representative of the genus throughout the Palaearctic and Oriental regions (numerous specimens examined), which is why the material is not listed individually. In addition, material from the Americas and the Afrotropical regions was studied, but is not listed above. Only primary data for specimens seen from Australia are provided. For illustrations of the male sexual characters see ASSING (2012a).


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Lithocharis nigriceps KRAATZ , 1859

Assing, Volker 2015

Lithocharis changlingensis

LI J 1992: 56

Lithocharis nigriceps

KRAATZ G 1859: 159