Craspedophorus montivagus Basilewsky, 1976

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: 33-34

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Craspedophorus montivagus Basilewsky, 1976


20. Craspedophorus montivagus Basilewsky, 1976  

( Plate 10 View PLATE 10 , Figs 79, 80, Plate 14 View PLATE 14 , Fig. 112)

Craspedophorus montivagus Basilewsky, 1976: 713   (type locality “Chenzema, 1700 m.[=Uluguru Mts., Morogoro, Tanzania]”). Lorenz 2005: 321, Häckel and Farkač 2012: 82.

Type material. Holotype (♂): “Holotypus [printed in black on red label]// Tanzanie: Mts Uluguru / Chenzema, alt. 1700 m. / 2-22/VII/71 [printed in black on white label]// Coll. Mus. Tervuren / Mission Mts Uluguru / L. Berger / N. Leleup / J. Debecker V/ VIII/71 [printed in black on white label]// Craspedophorus   / montivagus   n. sp. [handwritten in black]/ P. Basilewsky det., 19[printed in black]76 [handwritten in black on white label]// [DataMatrix] RMCA Ent / 0 0 0 0 2048 [printed in black on white label]” ( Plate 10 View PLATE 10 , Fig. 79, MRAC). Paratypes. 3♂♀ labeled same as holotype without holotype label and datamatrix (MRAC).

Additional material examined. Tanzania: Morogoro. 1♂: “ Tegetero, Uluguru Mounatins , S06°55'03”, E37°43'16”, 1100 m ” ( Plate 10 View PLATE 10 , Fig. 80, Plate 14 View PLATE 14 , Fig. 112, cMH) GoogleMaps   . Tanga. 1♂: “ Mt. Usambara , 1800 m ” ( MRAC)   .

Note. This species is based on 5 specimens, collected in Uluguru mountains, Morogoro Region, east-central Tanzania, holotype labeled “Chenzema, 1700 m ”. Uluguru South Forest Reserve is a Forest located near Chenzema town. Description (in part, see Basilewsky 1976: 713). “Length 16–16.5 mm. Apterous, elytra fused. Dorsum black, glossy, each elytron with two yellow maculae, humeral macula elongated with quite short spot on VIII interval, often accompanied by a spot on VII interval, posterior macula somewhat shorter, located on the same interval; underside black as well as legs, tarsi darkish brown, as well as palps, mandibulae, and three proximal antennal articles, distal articles black. Head moderately wide and medium-elongated, posteriorly weakly strangulated; eyes moderately, but markedly convex; frons punctured in the middle and weakly transversely rugate, margins strongly and grossly punctured, the whole posterior part rugate transversely; labrum and clypeus smooth, not punctured. Labrum anteriorly concave and sinuate. Mandibles short and wide, very flexed. Labium very wide, with epilobes, well marked, mental dent wide, truncated anteriorly, deeply incised in the middle; labium with two rounded depressions posteriorly, deeply impressed. Palps with terminal article very dilated, securiform. Antennae long and slender, reaching to pronotal base somewhat more than by third article, third antennomere longer than the second one, all articles very elongated. Pronotum markedly transverse, length/width ratio 1.49–1.51, maximal width somewhat behind midlength, disc very moderately convex, lateral rims strongly and widely flattened, not elevated; anterior margin flat, anterior angles very widely rounded, not protruded anteriorly; margins markedly arcuate anteriorly, narrowing and weakly sinuate posteriorly, with a small incisura in front of each posterior angle, which is opened and rounded; base weakly convex; sagittal line narrowly, but deeply impressed; lateral rims well distinct in two anterior thirds, obsolete posteriorly; basilar pits comma-shaped and quite long; surface quite strongly punctured, less grossly and densely in the middle; interspaces with microsculpture, very fine and irregular. Posterior pronotal pore located on margin near the incisura before posterior angles. Elytra almost ovoid, 1.52–1.54 times longer than wide, maximal width at midlength, very convex laterally, but less on disk; humeri rounded and weakly marked; striae deeply impressed and finely punctured; intervals convex, covered by setose points on each strial margin and the other points, located on the proper interval, more irregularly and weakly densely disposed, microsculpture similar to that in pronotum, but more strongly impressed. Underside less glossily than dorsum, quite finely punctured in the middle, more grossly near margins; prosternal apophyse lanced at inflect point, not rimmed; metepisterna partially short and transverse. Ventral segments not crenulated anteriorly. It resembles C. congoanus Kolbe, 1889   from Central Africa in its general aspect and its metepisterna, very short. It differs in characters, as follows: smaller statue; elytral colouration with maculae distinctly reduced, eyes smaller; pronotum quite differently shaped, more transverse, not cordiform, lateral rims not as elevated as those in C. congoanus   , but simply depressed and markedly less narrowed posteriorly, base weakly concave and not flat; elytral intervals more convex, less densely, but somewhat more strongly punctured, metepisterna also shorter and more transverse in C. montivagus   ” [from French].

Distribution. Tanzania: Morogoro, Tanga.


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Craspedophorus montivagus Basilewsky, 1976

Häckel, Martin 2017

Craspedophorus montivagus

Hackel 2012: 82
Lorenz 2005: 321
Basilewsky 1976: 713