Craspedophorus brevicollis beninensis, Häckel, 2017

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: 39

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Craspedophorus brevicollis beninensis

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2b. Craspedophorus brevicollis beninensis   new subspecies

( Plate 15 View PLATE 15 , Fig. 122)

Type locality. “ Cotonou , [southern] Benin ”.  

Type material. Holotype (♂): “w Africa [s-] Benin / Cotonou / VI-1995 / ex coll. E. Jiroux ” ( Plate 15 View PLATE 15 , Fig. 122, cMH).  

Description of holotype. Length 22.5 mm, width 10.1 mm. Head, pronotum and statue same as in C. brevicollis brevicollis   . Body shape and elytral sculpture do not seem to differ from nominotypical subspecies. It differs markedly by its elytral colouration, orange maculae are shorter anteroposteriorly, creating humeral fascia narrower than in C. b. brevicollis   . In contrast to those in previously refered transitional populations from Burkina Faso and northern Benin with humeral macula also moderately reduced ( Plate 15 View PLATE 15 , Fig. 121), humeral macula in C. b. benineinsis n. ssp. (southern Benin) is much more reduced, distinctly narrower posteriorly and transversely. In C. b. brevicollis   humeral macula reaches medially to II interval in contrast to that in C. b. beninensis   n. ssp.   with humeral macula reaching medially to III interval at most ( Plate 15 View PLATE 15 , Fig. 122, cMH).

Distribution. Southern Benin.