Pronomaea spalacis, Assing, 2007

Assing, Volker, 2007, A revision of the species of Pronomaea E of the Western Palaearctic region, including Middle Asia (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae: Pronomaeini), Beiträge Zur Entomologie = Contributions to Entomology 57 (2), pp. 367-396: 386-387

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Pronomaea spalacis

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Pronomaea spalacis   sp. n. ( Figs 41-43 View Figs 35-43 , Map 3 View Map 3 )

Type material:

Holotype ♂: " Palästina, Prof. Dr. O. Theodor / Nest von Spalax, Acre   [= Akko] Junctio 545, 19.2.1954 / rostrata, ex. coll. Scheerpeltz / Holotypus ♂ Pronomaea spalacis   sp. n. det. V. Assing 2007 " ( NHMW)   . Paratypes: 4 exs.: same data as holotype ( NHMW, cAss)   ; 1 ♂: " v. picea Heer, Caifa   , Syria, ded. Simon / var. picea Heer   / c. Epplsh. Steind. d." ( NHMW)   ; 1 ♂: " Israel: côte, Maagan Mikhael, 16.IV.82, Besuchet, Löbl" ( MHNG)   ; 1 ♀: " Israel ( North District ), Upper Galilee , N. shore of Sea of Galilee , 200 m, Kfar Nakhum (Capernaum), 32°53.011'N, 035°34.707'E, shore with stones and gravel, 22.IV.2006, D. W. Wrase [4]" (cSch) GoogleMaps   .


External characters extremely similar to those of P. araxicola   ; coloration as in dark-coloured specimens of P. araxicola   . Distinguished only by the morphology of the aedeagus.

♂: median lobe of aedeagus of similar size and shape as that of P. araxicola   , but base of ventral process bulging, apex of ventral process rounded in lateral view, apical internal structure of different shape, and flagellum longer and more slender ( Figs 41-42 View Figs 35-43 ).

♀: spermatheca similar to those of P. picea   , P. araxicola   , and allied species ( Fig. 43 View Figs 35-43 ).

Etymology: The name (Latin, noun, genitive) refers to the fact that the holotype and several paratypes were collected in the nest of mole rat Spalax ehrenbergi   .

Comparative notes:

From all Western Palaearctic Pronomaea species   , except P. araxicola   , P. spalacisspalacis   is separated by smaller eyes, denser puncturation of the pronotum, the less convex (cross-section) pronotum, the paler average coloration, and the shape of the aedeagus. The latter is similar to that of P. araxicola   , but distinguished by the bulging base of the ventral process (lateral view), the rounded apex of the ventral process (lateral view), the longer and more slender flagellum, and the different shape of the apical internal structure.

Distribution and bionomics:

The known distribution is confined to Israel ( Map 3 View Map 3 ). Most of the types were collected in a nest of the mole rat Spalax ehrenbergi   , one of the paratypes also on a lake shore with gravel, in February and April   .


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