Sunius bozdagensis, 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: 298-301

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Sunius bozdagensis

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Sunius bozdagensis   sp. n. ( Figs 1-11 View Figs 1-10 View Fig , Map 1 View Map 1 )

Type material:

Holotype : TR [1] - Izmir, 1480 m, Boz Dağlar, above Bozdağ , road to ski resort, 38°21'26N, 28°05'39E, 3.IV.2006, V. Assing GoogleMaps   / Holotypus  Sunius bozdagensis   sp. n. det. V. Assing 2006 (cAss)   . Paratypes: 4 , 4 : same data as holotype (cAss, cWun).


Small species, 2.4-3.1 mm (abdomen extended). Habitus as in Fig. 1 View Figs 1-10 . Coloration rather dark (compared to other micropterous species): head dark brown; pronotum bright reddish; elytra brown, darker than pronotum; abdomen blackish; legs pale yellowish; antennae yellowish red.

Head very weakly oblong, less than 1.1 times as long as wide; lateral margins subparallel in dorsal view; puncturation coarse and well-defined, in central dorsal area sparse, in lat- eral areas only slightly denser; microsculpture absent ( Fig. 2 View Figs 1-10 ); eyes small ( Fig. 3 View Figs 1-10 ), weakly projecting from lateral outline of head, postocular region in dorsal view approximately 3 times as long as eyes.

Pronotum approximately 0.90-0.95 times as wide as head and 1.1 times as long as wide; microsculpture absent; puncturation as coarse as that of head, but much denser ( Fig. 2 View Figs 1-10 ).

Elytra approximately as wide as and at suture about 0.70 times as long as pronotum; puncturation ill-defined, much finer and shallower than that of pronotum ( Fig. 2 View Figs 1-10 ); microsculpture shallow; surface less shiny than that of pronotum. Hind wings reduced.

Abdomen about 1.15 times as wide as elytra, widest at segments VI-VII; puncturation moderately dense and very fine, barely noticeable; microsculpture shallow, but distinct; posterior margin of tergite VII without palisade fringe.

: sternite VII not distinctly modified ( Fig. 4 View Figs 1-10 ); sternite VIII unmodified, except for the posterior incision ( Fig. 5 View Figs 1-10 ); aedeagus shaped as in Figs 6-10 View Figs 1-10 , internal sac without spines and without flagellum.

Etymology: The name (Lat., adj.) is derived from Boz Dağlar, the name of the mountain range where the type locality is situated.

Comparative notes:

In the keys in ASSING (2005b, 2005c), S. bozdagensis   would key out at couplet 4 together with S. hatayanus ASSING   , from which the new species is distinguished by the darker and more distinctly bicoloured body and by the shape of the aedeagus, especially the apex of the ventral process and the internal structures. For illustrations of the male sexual characters of S. hatayanus   see Figs 16-20 View Figs 12-23 in ASSING (2005b).

Distribution and bionomics:

The type locality is situated in the Boz Dağlar, not far from the ski resort at the highest peak of the range. The type specimens were collected under stones and sifted from grass roots on a grassy north slope at an altitude of almost 1500 m ( Fig. 11 View Fig ).


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