Sunius pinnatus, Assing, 2006

Assing, Volker, 2006, On the Turkish species of Sunius. VII. Five new micropterous species from western Anatolia and additional records (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Paederinae), Beiträge Zur Entomologie = Contributions to Entomology 56 (2), pp. 297-315: 308-309

publication ID 10.21248/contrib.entomol.56.2.297-315


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Sunius pinnatus

sp. n.

Sunius pinnatus   sp. n. ( Figs 49-62 View Figs 49-61 View Fig , Map 1 View Map 1 )

Type material:

Holotype : TR [30] - Manisa, 10 km S Manisa, Karadağ , 1200 m, roadside, 38°33'26N, 27°23'13E, 15.IV.2006, P. Wunderle GoogleMaps   / Holotypus  Sunius pinnatus   sp. n. det. V. Assing 2006 (cAss)   . Paratypes: 2 : same data as holotype (cWun); 1   : same data, but leg. Assing (cAss)   .


Small species, 2.7-3.3 mm (abdomen extended). Habitus as in Fig. 49 View Figs 49-61 . In external morphology extremely similar to S. pinniger   and similar species ( Figs 50-51 View Figs 49-61 ). Distinguished only by the male sexual characters:

: sternite VII not distinctly modified ( Fig. 52 View Figs 49-61 ); sternite VIII with tubercle of distinctive shape ( Figs 53-56 View Figs 49-61 ); aedeagus shaped as in Figs 57-59 View Figs 49-61 , internal sac without spines, with minute subapical and pair of slender apical internal structures ( Figs 60-61 View Figs 49-61 ).

Etymology: The name (Lat., adj.: with wings) refers to the shape of the tubercle on the male sternite VIII.

Comparative notes:

Based on the male sexual characters, this species is most closely related to S. aculeatus   from the Boncuk Dağı in Muğla and to S. pinniger   from the Ak Dağ on the peninsula to

the northwest of Izmir. It is separated from both species reliably only by the shape of the aedeagus and of the tubercle on the male sternite VIII.

Distribution and bionomics:

Sunius pinnatus   was discovered in the Karadağ range (Spil [=Sipil] nature reserve) to the south of Manisa, where it is probably endemic, as is suggested by the restricted distributions of other micropterous Sunius species   occurring in Turkey and by the adaptive reductions of eye size, elytra, hind wings, and pigmentation. The type specimens were found under stones on a patch of calcareous grassland very close to the roadside at an altitude of 1200 m, together with an undescribed species of Geostiba THOMSON   ( Fig. 62 View Fig ).


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