Oxypoda (Thliboptera) gladiatoria, Assing, 2006

Assing, V., 2006, On some species of Oxypoda MANNERHEIM from Turkey and adjacent regions (Insecta: Coleoptera: Staphylinidae Aleocharinae), Linzer biologische Beiträge 38 (1), pp. 277-331: 297-298

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Oxypoda (Thliboptera) gladiatoria


Oxypoda (Thliboptera) gladiatoria   sp.n. ( Figs 91-103 View Figs 91-99 View Figs 100-108 , Map 6 View Map 6 )

Holotype 3: TR - Muğla, No. 10, 20 km NNE Fethiye, N-exp. oakwood, 970 m, 36°47'28N, 29°11'29E, 27.III.2002, V. Assing GoogleMaps   / Holotypus 3 Oxypoda gladiatoria   sp. n. det. V. Assing 2006 (cAss). Paratypes: 533, 9♀♀: same data as holotype (cAss, cFel, OÖLL) GoogleMaps   ; 22 exs.: same data, but leg. Wunderle (cWun, cAss) GoogleMaps   ; 233: TR - Muğla, No. 21, SE Fethiye, Baba Dağ, above Ovacik, 680 m, 36°33'23N, 29°09'49E, 30.III.2002, V. Assing (cAss) GoogleMaps   ; 1 ex.: same data, but leg. Wunderle (cWun) GoogleMaps   ; 233, 1♀: TR - Antalya, No. 26, E Kumluca, 385 m, Laurus, Platanus, 36°21'50N, 30°22'27E, 3.IV.2002, V. Assing (cAss) GoogleMaps   ; 1 ex.: same data, but leg. Wunderle (cWun) GoogleMaps   ; 1♀: TR - Antalya, No. 27, E Kumluca, 385 m, stream bank, 36°21'50N, 30°22'27E, 3.IV.2002, V. Assing & P. Wunderle (cAss) GoogleMaps   ; 1♀: TR - Antalya, No. 5, E Kumluca, 385 m, Laurus, Platanus, 36°21'50N, 30°22'27E, 25.III.2002, V. Assing (cAss) GoogleMaps   ; 3 exs.: same data, but leg. Wunderle (cWun) GoogleMaps   ; 2 exs.: TR - Antalya, No. 4, E Kumluca, 335 m, grassland, under stones, 36°21'12N, 30°22'41E, 25.III.2002, P. Wunderle (cWun); 13: 1.1.-7.1.91, SW-TÜ, Umg. Gündogmus, 850-900 m, leg. P. Wunderle (cAss); 13: Cyprus - NW-Troodos, Kalopanayotis, 600 m, N-Hang, Streugesiebe, 1.IV.1995, Assing (cAss)   ; 13, 3♀♀: Cyprus Troodos-Geb., Marathassa-Pedhoulas, Ayios Joannis, 600 m, 01.04.96, P. Wunderle (cWun, cAss)   .

D e s c r i p t i o n: 4.5-5.5 mm. External characters as in O. micantoides   ( Figs 91-93 View Figs 91-99 , 100 View Figs 100-108 ).

3: sternite VIII weakly transverse, its posterior margin broadly convex ( Fig. 101 View Figs 100-108 ); median lobe of aedeagus very large, with angled ventral process (lateral view) and with two pairs of long flattened sclerotised structures in internal sac ( Figs 94-96 View Figs 91-99 ); apical lobe of paramere as in Fig. 103 View Figs 100-108 .

♀: sternite VIII transverse, its posterior margin truncate, sometimes indistinctly concave in the middle ( Fig. 102 View Figs 100-108 ); spermatheca of somewhat variable shape, with relatively large capsule and rather short duct ( Figs 97-99 View Figs 91-99 ).

E t y m o l o g y: The name (Lat., adj.) refers to the sword-like flatted structures in the internal sac of the aedeagus.

C o m p a r a t i v e n o t e s: Fromthehighlysimilar O. micantoides   , O. gladiatoria   is distinguished only by the morphology of the aedeagus: the somewhat larger and flattened long sclerotised structures and the shape of the flagellum-like ventral structure in the internal sac, the larger crista apicalis, and the more slender and less strongly angled ventral process.

D i s t r i b u t i o n a n d b i o n o m i c s: The currently known distribution includes southwestern Anatolia (Muğla, Antalya) and Cyprus ( Map 6 View Map 6 ). The vast majority of type specimens were sifted from the leaf litter of deciduous trees (oak, sycamore, laurel) at relatively low altitudes (335-970 m)   ; some were found by turning stones in a pasture. One of the specimens collected in March is somewhat teneral.


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