Canthon (Glaphyrocanthon) politus Harold, 1868,

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Canthon (Glaphyrocanthon) politus Harold, 1868


Canthon (Glaphyrocanthon) politus Harold, 1868  Plate 13C

Canthon politus  Harold, 1868d: 60 (original description. Type locality: Columbien [= Colombia], Bogotá und das südliche Mexiko [= Mexico]).

Canthon politus  : Gemminger and Harold 1869: 992 (list, distribution); Harold 1880a: 16 (cited for Nueva Granada [= Colombia]); Bates 1887: 31 (distribution); Gillet 1911a: 32 (complete list of species); Schmidt 1922: 79 (list, distribution); Balthasar 1939d: 205 (characters in key); Islas 1942: 304 (characters in key), 307 (description).

Canthon politum  : Blackwelder 1944: 201 (list of species for Latin America); Roze 1955: 42 (cited for Venezuela).

Canthon politum var. granadense  : Blackwelder 1944: 201 (cited as new combination, list of species for Latin America); Contreras 1951: 221 (cited for Colombia).

Geocanthon politus  : Pereira and Martínez 1956a: 137 (cited as new combination, redescription); Vulcano and Pereira 1964: 672 (catalog of species); Vulcano and Pereira 1967: 550 (characters in key).

Canthon (Glaphyrocanthon) politus  : Halffter and Martínez 1977: 80 (transferred to the subgenus Glaphyrocanthon  Martínez, 1948); Medina et al. 2001: 136 (cited for Colombia); Medina et al. 2003: 64 (distribution); Carvajal et al. 2011: 314-315 (cited for Ecuador); Krajcik 2012: 64 (complete list of species); Chamorro et al. 2018: 93 (cited for Ecuador).

Canthon granadensis  Lansberge, 1874a: 5 (original description); Gillet 1911a: 29 (complete list of species); Schmidt 1922: 79 (cited); Balthasar 1939d: 223 (characters in key).

Canthon granadense  : Blackwelder 1944: 199 (list of species for Latin America).

Type specimens.

Canthon politus  Harold, 1868. One syntype examined deposited at the MNHN (ex coll. E Harold and ex coll. R Oberthur). Lectotype to be designated in a future work on this species group.

Canthon granadensis  Lansberge, 1874. The holotype (♂) is deposited at the MNHN (ex coll. V Lansberge and ex coll. R Oberthur). Locality: without specific locality. Examined.

Holotype (♂): "granadensis / Lansb type [hw]", “Muséum Paris / ex Coll. / R. Oberthür / 1952 [p]", “Ex-Musæo / VAN LANSBERGE [p, black margin]", "Canthon (Glaphy- / rocanthon) / politus Harold. G.H. y A.M. det. 76 [hw, black margin]", "♂ [hw] HOLOTYPE [p, red label, black margin]".


Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Records examined.

NAPO: B. P. La Cascada, Parque Nacional Sumaco, 1300 m (1 specimen CEMT). ZAMORA CHINCHIPE: Chito Río San Francisco, 1800 m (1 specimen CEMT); El Tambo Reserva El Colibri 2080 m (17 specimens CEMT).

Temporal data.

Collected in March and May.


Inhabits the evergreen foothill forests and lower evergreen montane forests throughout the Amazonian range from 1300-1800 m a.s.l. In the Andean region, it was recorded in the montane cloud forests from 1800-2080 m a.s.l. This species was collected with pitfall traps baited with human feces. According to Rivera-Cervantes and Halffter (1999), the previous records from Mexico are erroneous.














Canthon (Glaphyrocanthon) politus Harold, 1868

Chamorro, William, Marin-Armijos, Diego, senjo, Angelico & Vaz-De-Mello, Fernando Z. 2019

Geocanthon politus

Pereira & Martínez 1956