Craspedophorus kaboboanus Basilewsky, 1987

Häckel, Martin, 2017, A contribution to the knowledge of the subfamily Panagaeinae Hope, 1838 from Africa. Part 3. Revision of the Craspedophorus strachani and C. brevicollis groups (Coleoptera: Carabidae), Zootaxa 4330 (1), pp. 1-67: 30-31

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Craspedophorus kaboboanus Basilewsky, 1987


18. Craspedophorus kaboboanus Basilewsky, 1987  

( Plate 10 View PLATE 10 , Figs 81, 82, Plate 14 View PLATE 14 , Fig. 113)

Craspedophorus kaboboanus Basilewsky, 1987: 191   (type locality “Zaïre: Mont Kabobo, terr. ďAlbertville, Haute Kiymbi, 1850 m [=Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo]”). Lorenz 2005: 320, Häckel and Farkač 2012: 81.

Type material. Holotype (♀): “♀ [printed in black on white label]”// Holotypus [printed in black on red label]// Biot. N o 45 / Humus / en forêt [printed in black on yellow label]// I.R.S.A.C.-Mus. Congo / Mont Kabobo terr. Albert- / ville, Hte Kiymbi 1850 m. / B. 45 N. Leleup X –1958 [printed in black on white label]// Craspedophorus   / kaboboanus   n. sp. [handwritten in black]/ P. Basilewsky det., 19 [printed in black on white label]// [DataMatrix] RMCA Ent / 0 0 0 0 20047 [printed in black on white label]” ( Plate 10 View PLATE 10 , Fig. 82, MRAC). Paratype. 1♀ same labeled as holotype except HT label and datamatrix (MRAC).

Additional material examined. DR Congo: Katanga. 1♀: “Ntetette” ( MRAC)   . Tanzania: Kigoma. 4♂, 3♀: “Tanganyika. Mahali Peninsula. Ujamba, 6.500 ft.” ( Plate 10 View PLATE 10 , Fig. 81, Plate 14 View PLATE 14 , Fig. 113, BMNH, cMH).  

Note. The species is based on two females collected on the hillsides of Mt. Kabobo, Kalemie Territory, Katanga Province, Democratic Congo. Kalemie, formerly Albertville or Albertstad, is a town on the western shore of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The town is next to the outflow of the Lukuga River from Lake Tanganyika to the Lualaba River. The area of LaLuama-Katanga-Mount Kabobo belongs to Important Bird Areas, the site is part of the mountain range to the west of the northern half of Lake Tanganyika in eastern DR Congo, between the towns of Fizi and Kalemie. Description (in part, see Basilewsky 1987: 191). “Length 19–20 mm. Apterous species, with fused elytra. Black, mandibles and palps somewhat brighter, antennae lighter distally from fourth article; each elytron with two large clear yellow maculae, which are ovoid, not serrate; humeral macula, located in basal third of elytra, prolonged fairly to humerus, compounds of three prolonged macular spots, reaching from VI to VIII interval; preapical macula smaller, located in apical fourth, consists of three spots on the same intervals. Body on both sides covered by very short and light setae. Head large but quite short, grossly punctured, mainly near frontal sulci, labrum sinuate anteriorly, its anterior margin with four setae. Eyes strongly convex, temples very short. Terminal palpomere very long and kidney-shaped. Mental process large and wide, weakly sinuate anteriorly. Antennae long and slender, not dilated, reaching to pronotal base by IV antennomere. Pronotum not too transverse, 1.35–1.40 times wider than long, maximum width at midlength, somewhat more narrowing anteriorly than posteriorly, anterior angles rounded, weakly lobed, and protruded anteriorly, lateral margins regularly rounded anteriorly, then weakly sinuate, narrowing towards posterior angles, which rounded without indentation, without preceding incision; base flat without peduncle, equaly weakly concave; disc convex, quite markedly separated from lateral rims, which almost complet, strongly elevated posteriorly and widely flattened; surface grossly sculptured, deeply and grossly punctured, points aggregated, often coalescent; basilar tips deeply impressed, semilunar-shaped; microsculpture very weakly marked. Elytra convex and strongly elongated, quite narrow, almost ovoid, 1.48–1.50 times longer than wide; humeri rounded but moderately distinct; weakly sinuated before apex, intervals convex, quite grossly and regularly punctured in one row, dubbled by small points, elytral maculae weakly punctured, VI interval strongly obliqued on the level of humeral macula, more weakly on the level of preapical macula; microsculpture weakly marked, striae deeply impressed, narrow and very fine, finely and diffusely punctured. This new species belongs to the C. muata   species group. It resembles C. simplicicollis Burgeon, 1930   , but markedly differs in its larger statue, head wider, pronotum distinctly more transverse, more densely sculptured, elytral colouration with yellow maculae larger and more elongated, not transversal, intervals more densely sculptured, VI interval strongly obliqued on the level of humeral macula, underside less densely punctured and metepisterna less transverse...” [from French].

Distribution. Democratic Congo: Katanga Province; Tanzania: Kigoma.


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Craspedophorus kaboboanus Basilewsky, 1987

Häckel, Martin 2017

Craspedophorus kaboboanus

Hackel 2012: 81
Lorenz 2005: 320
Basilewsky 1987: 191