Carabus (Lipaster) stjernvalli gvalijai Retezár, 1992, Retezar, Mravaldzali, 1992

Fominykh, Dmitriy D., Zamotajlov, Alexandr S., Khomitskiy, Eugeniy E. & Titarenko, Andrey Yu., 2020, Contribution to the knowledge of Carabus (Lipaster) stjernvalli Mannerheim, 1830 in the Caucasus, with description of two new subspecies (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Carabini), Zootaxa 4729 (3), pp. 301-328: 316

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Carabus (Lipaster) stjernvalli gvalijai Retezár, 1992
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7. Carabus (Lipaster) stjernvalli gvalijai Retezár, 1992  

( Figs. 1 View FIGURE 1 , 68–91 View FIGURES 68–75 View FIGURES 76–83 View FIGURES 84–91 , 109–114 View FIGURES 102–114 , 125–127 View FIGURE 125 View FIGURE 126 View FIGURE 127 )

Material examined. 12♂♂, 6♀♀, Georgia, Racha , Racha Mt. Range, N slopes of Khikhata Mt. Range near Mra- valdzali vill., 2100 m, N 42°29’13,64” / E 43°21’12,19”, 08.- 09.06.2016 (A. Zubov) ( CFDD) GoogleMaps   ; 10♂♂, 7♀♀, S Os- setia, Racha Mt. Range near Ertzo Pass, 1800 m, N 42°28’10.72” / E 43°45’57.53”, pitfall traps, 29.05.- 12.07.2015 (D. Fominykh) ( CFDD, CTAY, CZAM) GoogleMaps   ; 15♂♂, 23♀♀, S Ossetia , Racha Mt. Range near Ertzo vill., N slopes of Alkhashenda Mt., 1800 m, N 42°27’39,70” / E 43°46’23,40”, pitfall traps, 17.05.- 10.07.2016 (D. Fominykh & A. Zubov) ( CFDD, CTAY, CZAM) GoogleMaps   ; 79♂♂, 85♀♀, S Ossetia , Racha Mt. Range near Tli vill., right bank of Valtkatzi River, 1900-2300 m, N 42°29’44,90” / E 43°50’43,50”, pitfall traps, 17.05.- 09.07.2016 (D. Fominykh & A. Zubov) ( ZISP, MPSU, CFDD, CTAY, CZAM, CKEE) GoogleMaps   ; 33♂♂, 27♀♀, Georgia, Samegrelo , Askhi Plateau, N slopes of Lekhi Mt., 2200-2300 m, N 42°35’ / E 42°32’, 21.- 22.06.2014 (A. Zubov) ( ZISP, MPSU, CFDD, CTAY, CZAM) GoogleMaps   ; 4♂♂, 3♀♀, Georgia, Kvemo Svaneti , N slopes of Lechkhumi Mt. Range , left bank of Tskhenis-Tskali River, 4 km S of Sasashi vill., near Jvari Pass, 2300-2600 m, N 42°45’31,46” / E 42°8’30,43”, 26.- 27.06.2016 (A. Zubov) ( CFDD) GoogleMaps   ; 124♂♂, 146♀♀, Georgia, Kvemo-Svaneti , S slopes of Svaneti Mt. Range near Lentekhi vill., S slopes of Goldash Mt., 2615 m, N 42°50’00,10” / E 42°45’16,90”, pitfall traps, 18.06.- 13.07.2017 (D. Fominykh) ( ZISP, MPSU, CFDD, CTAY, CZAM, CKEE) GoogleMaps   ; 21♂♂, 23♀♀, Georgia, Kvemo-Svaneti , S slopes of Svaneti Mt. Range near Len- tekhi vill., S slope of Goldash Mt., 1550 m, N 42°48’33,70” / E 42°44’07,70”, pitfall traps, 17.06.- 13.07.2017 (D. Fominykh) ( ZISP, MPSU, CFDD, CTAY, CZAM) GoogleMaps   .

Distribution and habitat. Lebarde was pointed originally as the type locality of this subspecies ( Retezár 1992). Later Retezár (2015) added a further locality, Plateau Askhi, located south-eastwards of Lebarde. We do not possess material from the type locality, though examination of the available specimens from Plateau Askhi revealed its identity with populations inhabiting various mountains in the Greater Caucasus (namely Racha, Lechkhumi, and Svaneti ranges) and morphologically corresponding to the original description. Thus the distribution range of C. stjernvalli gvalijai   appeared to be actually much more widespread than accepted earlier. Nearly all populations were found on alpine meadows above 2000 m, only one was discovered in the forest zone.

Remarks. Despite some minor differences in general appearance of individuals from different populations ( Figs. 68–91 View FIGURES 68–75 View FIGURES 76–83 View FIGURES 84–91 ), their body proportions are rather close ( Table 1 View TABLE 1 ). Male genitalia structure is stable in all populations studied ( Figs. 109–114 View FIGURES 102–114 ). Only one population from Racha Mountain Range (Mravaldzali vicinity) comprises black individuals. The upper side is usually with metallic luster, but generally more matt than in the nominotypical subspecies, bronze to blue.

ZISP

Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences

MPSU

Department of Microbiology, Songkla University

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Carabidae

Genus

Carabus