Abstracts of publications V (Nos. 251 ff.)                                                        

For corresponding references and abstracts nos. 1 - 250 see publications , abstracts I, abstracts II, abstracts III, abstracts IV, and abstracts V, respectively.
 

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New species and additional records of Paederinae and Aleocharinae from Iran (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae). Four species of Staphylinidae are (re-)described and illustrated: Lathrobium impressifrons Eppelsheim, 1884, sp. propr. (previously regarded as a subspecies of L. laevipenne Heer, 1839) and L. serriae sp. n. (Iran: Razavi Khorasan province) of the Paederinae, and Pronomaea procerula sp. n. (Iran: Fars and Boyer Ahmadi va Kohkiluyeh provinces) and Tetralaucopora bicolorata sp. n. (Iran: Fars province) of the Aleocharinae. Lathrobium szekessyi Coiffait, 1972, syn. n., is placed in the synonymy of L. roubali Koch, 1944. A lectotype is designated for Lathrobium impressifrons. Additional records of Paederinae and Aleocharinae primarily from Iran are reported, among them 13 first records from Iran and one from Georgia. The distributions of 8 species are mapped.

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A revision of Palaearctic Lobrathium Mulsant & Rey. III. New species, new synonyms, and additional records (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Paederinae). Three species of Lobrathium Mulsant & Rey from the Western Palaearctic region and Middle Asia are described and illustrated: L. (Lobrathium) farsicum nov.sp. (Iran), L. (L.) kirghisicum nov.sp. (Kyrgyzstan), and L. (L.) yagmuri nov.sp. (Turkey). The male primary and secondary sexual characters of L. angelinii Ciceroni & Zanetti 2000 are figured. Nine synonymies are proposed: Lobrathium Mulsant & Rey 1878 = Paralobrathium Bordoni 1999, nov.syn.; Lobrathium multipunctum (Gravenhorst 1802) = L. hispanicum (Dodero 1916), nov.syn., = L. gallienii (Fagniez 1917), nov.syn., = L. endogeum Coiffait 1971, nov.syn., = L. multipunctum cassolai Coiffait 1972, nov.syn.; L. anale (Lucas 1846) = L. lostiae (Dodero 1916), nov.syn., = L. bellesi Bordoni 1977, nov.syn., = L. rubriventre Herman 2003, nov.syn.; L. rugipenne (Hochhuth 1851) = L. vicinum messeniacum Bordoni 1986, nov.syn. A lectotype is designated for Lathrobium hispanicum Dodero. Additional records are reported for 11 species, mostly from the Western Palaearctic region and from Middle Asia. The distributions of three species are mapped.

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The first anophthalmous species of Domene Fauvel from Greece (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). Domene giachinoi nov.sp. (Greece: Ipiros), the first anophthalmous representative of the genus from Greece, is described and illustrated.

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Four new species and additional records of Staphylinidae from Spain (Insecta: Coleoptera).Four species of Staphylinidae from Spain are described and illustrated: Paratyphlus espunae nov.sp. (Murcia: Sierra de Espuña) of the Leptotyphlinae, as well as Paraleptusa ripicola nov.sp. (Castilla-La Mancha: Sierra de Segura), Meotica andujari nov.sp. (Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha), and Derocala extensa nov.sp. (Madrid) of the Aleocharinae. The primary sexual characters of Paraleptusa anophthalma (Eppelsheim) are figured for the first time. Additional records of Staphylinidae are reported, among them five first records from Spain and one from mainland Spain. The distribution of the genus Paraleptusa Peyerimhoff in the Iberian Peninsula is mapped.

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Four new species and additional records of Geostiba from Turkey and Crete, and a new synonymy (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae).Four species of Geostiba Thomson  from the Eastern Mediterranean region are described and illustrated: Geostiba (Tropogastrosipalia) janbellini nov.sp. (Turkey: Antalya), G. (Sipalotricha) atrioculata nov.sp. (Turkey: Antalya), G. (S.) albimontis nov.sp. (Greece: W-Crete), and G. spinosula nov.sp. (Turkey: Osmaniye). Additional records of Geostiba are reported from Turkey and Crete. The following synonymy is proposed: Paraleptusa helitasi (Peyerimhoff 1900) = Geostiba ventosa Pace 1996, nov.syn. The distributions of the new species from Turkey are mapped.

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A revision of Western Palaearctic Medon. VI. A new species from Turkey and additional records (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Paederinae).Medon meybohmi nov.sp. (Turkey: Adana province) of the M. fusculus group is described and illustrated. Additional records of Western Palaearctic Medon species are reported.

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Two new species and additional records of "small"-eyed Quedius from the Eastern Mediterranean (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae).Three Quedius species from the Eastern Mediterranean are (re-)described and illustrated: Quedius (Raphirus) endogeus sp. n. (Greece), Q. (Microsaurus) atricapillus Reitter, 1900 (Turkey), and Q. (M.) apfeli sp. n. (Cyprus). Additional records of some species of the subgenus Microsaurus Dejean, 1833 are reported, among them first records from Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel.

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Three new species of endogean Osoriini from southern Spain (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Osoriinae).Three endogean species of the osoriine genus Lusitanopsis Coiffait, 1961 from southern Spain are described and illustrated: L. andujari sp. n. (Alicante: Sierra d'Aitana), L. segurica sp. n. (Castilla-La Mancha: Sierra de Segura), and L. meybohmi sp. n. (Andalucía: Sierra de Aracena). The distributions of these species are mapped. Additional records of Geomitopsis franzi Coiffait, 1978 from the Canary Islands are reported, including a first record from La Palma.

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Proteinus crenulatus - a complex of five species (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Proteininae).A revision of types and additional material revealed that what has previously been interpreted as Proteinus crenulatus Pandellé, 1867 is in fact a complex of five similar species: P. crenulatus (widespread in Europe), P. abditus sp. n. (Germany, Romania), P. hamatus sp. n. (N-Spain, SW-France), P. tronqueti sp. n. (Corsica), and P. angulatus sp. n. (S-Italy, S-Greece). The distinguishing characters are described and illustrated. A lectotype is designated for P. crenulatus Pandellé. The distributions of all five species are mapped.

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A revision of the species of Pronomaea Erichson of the Western Palaearctic region, including Middle Asia (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae: Pronomaeini).Based on an examination of types and non-type material, 12 species of Pronomaea Erichson, 1837 are recognised in the Western Palaearctic region, including Middle Asia. Distinguishing characters are described and illustrated. Five species are new to science: P. corsicana sp. n. (France: Corsica), P. sardoa sp. n. (Italy: Sardinia), P. sicula sp. n. (Italy: Sicily), P. wunderlei sp. n. (Greece: Crete), and P. spalacis sp. n. (Israel). The following synonymies are established: P. araxicola Reitter, 1898 = P. libanotica Fagel, 1969, syn. n., = P. orientalis Fagel, 1969, syn. n.; P. picea Heer, 1841 = P. dalmatina Sachse, 1852, syn. n., = P. korgei Lohse, 1974, syn. n. A neotype is designated for P. picea Heer; lectotypes are designated for P. araxicola Reitter, P. dalmatina Sachse, P. rostrata Erichson, and P. korgei Lohse. A key to species and a synonymic catalogue of the 14 Pronomaea species presently known from the Palaearctic region are provided. The distributions of all the Western Palaearctic species are mapped.

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A revision of the microphthalmous Lathrobium species of Turkey II. Two new species and an additional record of L. brignolii (Insecta: Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). - Two new species of microphthalmous Lathrobium Gravenhorst from northeastern Anatolia are described and illustrated: L. distortum nov.sp. (Gümüşhane) and L. deforme  nov.sp. (Giresun). An additional record of L. brignolii Bordoni is reported  from Ordu.

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Three new species, three new synonyms, and additional records of Leptusa from Turkey (Insecta: Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Three species of Leptusa Kraatz from northern Anatolia are described and illustrated: L. (Neopisalia) longilobata sp.nov. (Trabzon, Gümüşhane), L. (N.) crinita sp.nov. (Rize), and L. (N.) soganlica (Trabzon). Additional records of 14 species are reported, among them the first record of L. samia Assing from Turkey. Based on an examination of type material, the previously synonymised L. spoliata Assing is revalidated. The following synonymies are proposed: L. diecki Pace, 1983 = L. gurgentepensis Pace, 1989, syn.nov.; L. artviniensis Pace, 1982 = L. batumiensis Pace, 1983, syn.nov.; L. merkli Bernhauer, 1900 = Sipalia anatolica Fauvel, 1900, syn.nov. The distributions of 14 species are mapped. A catalogue of the 27 Leptusa (sub-)species now known from Turkey is provided.

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A revision of the Micrillus species of the Palaearctic region, with notes on two species from adjacent parts of the Afrotropical and Oriental regions (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). The species of the paederine genus Micrillus Raffray, 1873 of the Palaearctic region, as well as of the adjacent parts of the Afrotropical and Oriental regions are revised. In the Palaearctic region, the number of valid names is significantly reduced, from 24 to 10. Twelve species, two of them from the Afrotropical and the Oriental regions, respectively, are (re-)described, and illustrated. They are attributed to two species groups, the M. testaceus group including eight species from the Western Palaearctic region (including Middle Asia) and the M. aegyptiacus group with four species from the south of the Western Palaearctic, the north of the Afrotropical, and the Oriental regions. Two new species are described: M. tenuipennis n. sp. (Morocco) and M. sudanicus n. sp. (Sudan). The following synonymies are proposed: Micrillus testaceus (Erichson, 1840) = Scymbalium grandiceps Jacquelin du Val, 1853, resyn., = S. pubipenne Fairmaire, 1860, n. syn., = S. longipenne Brisout de Barneville, 1863, n. syn. (previously a synonym of S. pubipenne), = Schatzmayria tergestina Gridelli, 1914, n. syn. (previously a synonym of S. pubipenne), = Scymbalium zuercheri Wanka, 1914, n. syn., = Micrillus libanicus Coiffait, 1980, n. syn., = M. hispanicus Coiffait, 1980, n. syn., = M. zacinthicus Coiffait, 1980, n. syn., = M. syriacus Coiffait, 1980, n. syn., = M. calabricus Coiffait, 1980, n. syn., = M. turcicus Coiffait, 1980, n. syn., = M. graecus Coiffait, 1980, n. syn., = M. cypriacus Coiffait, 1980, n. syn., = M. corcyranus Coiffait, 1980, n. syn., = M. brekhovi Grebennikov, 2001, n. syn.; Micrillus pallidus Reitter, 1887 = M. caucasicus Coiffait, 1980, n. syn.; Micrillus aegyptiacus (Bernhauer, 1910) = Scymbalium bernhaueri Koch, 1934, n. syn.; M. torretassoi (Koch, 1934) = Scymbalium collare Scheerpeltz, 1962, n. syn.; Pseudomedon dido (Saulcy, 1865) = Scymbalium minimum Eppelsheim, 1888, n. syn. Several previously established synonymies are confirmed. The binomen Micrillus indicus (Eppelsheim, 1890), n. comb. (ex Scymbalium) is established. Lectotypes are designated for Scymbalium testaceum Erichson, S. biskrense Fauvel, S. scabrosum Fauvel, 1875, S. hypogaeum Peyerimhoff, 1907, S. bernhaueri Koch, S. torretassoi Koch, and Medon apfelbecki Bernhauer, 1899. The distributions of 12 species are mapped. A key to species and a synonymic catalogue of Micrillus are provided.

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A revision of the Sunius species of the Western Palaearctic region and Middle Asia (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). Types and additional material of Western Palaearctic and Middle Asian Sunius species are revised, with a focus on previously unrevised species from the Western Mediterranean, North Africa, the Middle East, and Middle Asia. In all, 94 valid species and 3 subspecies are recognised and attributed to 6 species groups, mainly based on the male sexual characters. The majority of species is micropterous and has restricted distributions. The highest diversity is in the Mediterranean, with 24 species recorded from Turkey alone. (Re-)descriptions or brief diagnoses are given for approximately 70 species and subspecies. 19 species group taxa are described for the first time: Sunius brevipennis gomerensis nov. ssp. (Canary Islands: La Gomera); S. falsus nov.sp. (Israel, Lebanon); S. ibizae nov.sp. (Spain: Baleares: Ibiza); S. praecisus nov.sp. (Tajikistan, Iran); S. mordicus nov.sp. (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan); S. spinosissimus nov.sp. (Lebanon); S. behnei nov.sp. (Spain: Andalucía: Sierra Magina); S. calatravae nov.sp. (Spain: Ciudad Real); S. cordobanus nov.sp. (Spain: Andalucía: Sierra de Córdoba); S. discretus nov.sp. (Tunisia); S. rectus nov.sp. (Algeria: Theniet el Had); S. mouzaianus nov.sp. (Algeria: Mouzaïa); S. baboricus nov.sp. (Algeria: Djebel Ta Babor); S. sardus nov.sp. (Italy: Sardinia); S. menalonicus nov.sp. (Greece: Pelopónnisos); S. acutissimus nov.sp. (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan); S. bohaci nov.sp. (Tajikistan); S. inflexus nov.sp. (Tajikistan); S. pennatus nov.sp. (Tajikistan). The following synonymies are established or confirmed: Sunius melanocephalus (Fabricius 1793) = S. affinis (Kraatz 1859), = S. armeniacus (Coiffait 1970), nov.syn.; S. ovaliceps (Fauvel 1878) = S. fagniezi (Peyerimhoff 1916), nov.syn., = S. peyerimhoffi (Coiffait 1961), nov.syn., = S. valentianus (Coiffait 1980), nov.syn., = S. murciensis (Coiffait 1980), nov.syn., = S. deharvengi (Coiffait 1980), nov.syn.; S. adanensis (Lokay 1919) = S. phasianus (Bordoni 1980), nov.syn.; S. khnzoriani (Coiffait 1970) = S. dolabrifer Assing 2001, nov.syn.; S. bicolor (Olivier 1795) = S. ruficollis (Kraatz, 1857); S. nigrinus (Eppelsheim 1892) = S. picinus (Bernhauer 1902), nov.syn., = S. meuseli (Bernhauer 1905), nov.syn., = S. lebedevi (Roubal 1926), nov.syn.; S. plasoni (Eppelsheim 1875) = S. pinnatus Assing 2006, nov.syn.; S. brachypterus (Gemminger & Harold 1868) = S. pyrenaeus (Coiffait 1961), nov.syn., = S. franzi (Coiffait 1970), nov.syn.; S. seminiger (Fairmaire 1860) = S. aveyronnensis (Mathan 1862), resyn.; S. simoni (Quedenfeldt 1881) = S. nitidus (Quedenfeldt 1881), nov.syn., = S. politus (Quedenfeldt 1883), nov.syn., = S. nitens (Duvivier 1883), nov.syn., = S. quedenfeldti (Eppelsheim 1883), nov.syn.; Luzea nigritula (Erichson 1840) = Hypomedon puncticeps Coiffait 1971, nov.syn.; Medon sericellus (Fairmaire 1860) = Hypomedon troglophilus Jeannel & Jarrige 1949, nov.syn., = H. besucheti Bordoni 1980, nov.syn. Sunius rastrifer Assing 2001, previously synonymised with S. dolabrifer, and S. nigrinus (Eppelsheim 1892), previously a synonym of S. bicolor, are revalidated. The following changes of status are proposed: Sunius melanocephalus anatolicus Assing 1995, S. brevipennis canariensis (Bernhauer 1928) (both previously distinct species). Neotypes are designated for Lithocharis ovaliceps Fauvel 1878 and Lithocharis brachyptera Gemminger & Harold 1868. Lectotypes are designated for Medon fagniezi Peyerimhoff 1916, Medon nigrinus Eppelsheim 1892, Medon picinus Bernhauer 1902; Lithocharis seminigra Fairmaire 1860, Lithocharis simoni Quedenfeldt 1881, Medon viator Fauvel 1886, The binomen Cephisella nilotica nov.comb. is established for Medon niloticus Koch 1934, which was previously in Sunius. Bionomic and zoogeographic data are compiled and discussed, with particular reference to more widespread species. The distributions of 60 species are mapped.

265:
A new species of Cypha Leach and the first record of Bolitochara sogdiana Gusarov from Kyrgyzstan (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Cypha kirghisica nov.sp. (Kyrgyzstan: Kichik Alai) is described, illustrated, and distinguished from the similar C. suecica (Palm). Bolitochara sogdiana Gusarov, previously known only from Uzbekistan, is reported from Kyrgyzstan for the first time.

266:
Three new species of Pella Stephens from Turkey and Iraq, with a checklist of the species recorded from Turkey (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae: Lomechusini). Pella discolor nov.sp. (Turkey), P. sultanica nov.sp. (Turkey), both of the P. excepta group, and P. reuteri nov.sp. (Iraq) of the P. ruficollis group are described, illustrated, and distinguished from similar congeners. The distributions of the species of the P. excepta group in Turkey are mapped. A checklist of the Pella species of Turkey is compiled.

267:
On the genus Pseudotyphlopasilia Pace (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). The genus Pseudotyphlopasilia Pace 1983, previously in the Homalotini, is moved to the Athetini. The following synonymies are proposed: Pseudotyphlopasilia Pace 1983 = Speleogona Assing 2007, nov.syn.; P. coeca (Eppelsheim 1878) = S. cavernicola Assing 2007, nov.syn.

268:
Review of Palaearctic Autalia VII. A new species from Yunnan, China (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae). Autalia cornigera nov.sp., the 17th species of the genus in the Palaearctic region, is described from Yunnan province, China. The habitus and the male primary and secondary sexual characters are illustrated.

269:
Seven new species and additional records of Palaearctic Leptusa, primarily from Yunnan, China (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae). Seven species of Leptusa from western Yunnan province, China, are described and illustrated: L. (Drepanoleptusa) stimulans nov.sp., L. (D.) puetzi nov.sp., L. (Yunnaleptusa nov.subgen.) cultellata nov.sp., L. (Y.) parvibulbata nov.sp., L. (Chondrelytropisalia) quinqueimpressa nov.sp., L. (C.) proiecta nov.sp. (all of them from the Gaoligong Shan), and L. armatissima nov.sp. (Diancang Shan). Leptusa discolor Assing and L. titillans Assing are moved to the subgenus Drepanoleptusa Pace (ex Heteroleptusa Pace). Leptusa schuelkei Pace is excluded from the subgenus Chondrelytropisalia Scheerpeltz. Keys to the Chinese representatives of the subgenera Yunnaleptusa and Chondrelytropisalia are presented; their distributions are mapped. Additional records are reported, among them the first record of the genus from Iran.

270:
A new species of Orphnebius from India (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae: Lomechusini). Orphnebius tuberipennis nov.sp. (India: Goa) is described and illustrated.

271:
A revision of the Habrocerinae of the world. IV. A new species of Habrocerus from China and additional records (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Habrocerus splendens sp. n. (China: Yunnan) of the H. capillaricornis group is described and illustrated. Additional records of Habrocerinae are reported, among them first records of H. pisidicus Korge from France and Croatia, of H. cyprensis Assing & Wunderle from Turkey, and a female-based first record of H. ibericus Assing & Wunderle from Morocco.

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On the Alevonota species of the Western Palaearctic region (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae: Athetini). Types and additional material of Western Palaearctic species of Alevonota Thomson, 1858 are revised. 25 species are recognised, two of them new to science, A. cretica sp. n. (Greece: Crete) and the anophthalmous A. hierroensis sp. n. (Canarian Islands: El Hierro). The genus group name Liota Mulsant & Rey, 1874 is revalidated as a subgenus to include only the type species A. gracilenta (Erichson, 1839). Within the nominal subgenus, two species groups are distinguished, the A. rufotestacea group (9 species) and the A. kiesenwetteri group (4 species); the phylogenetic affiliations of most Canarian species have not been examined. 12 species are (re-)described and illustrated. Alevonota elegantula (Brisout de Barneville, 1863) and A. ocaloides (Brisout de Barneville, 1863) are revalidated. The following syonymies are established: A. kiesenwetteri (Kraatz, 1856) = A. krausei (Sainte-Claire Deville, 1914), syn. n.; A. rufotestacea (Kraatz, 1856) = A. aurantiaca (Fauvel, 1895), syn. n. Lectotypes are designated for Homalota rufotestacea Kraatz, H. kiesenwetteri Kraatz, H. splendens Kraatz, Aleuonota aurantiaca Fauvel, and Homalota mirabilis Eppelsheim. Bionomic and zoogeographic data are compiled. The distributions of 9 species are mapped. A diagnostic key and a synonymic catalogue including all the Alevonota species of the Western Palaearctic region are provided. Two species excluded from the genus: Tropimenelytron mirabilis (Eppelsheim, 1884), comb. n., and "Alevonota" punctipennis (Eppelsheim, 1893).

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A revision of Othiini. XVI. Four new species of Othius from the Himalaya and China, and additional records (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Staphylininae). Four species of Othius Stephens, 1829 from the Eastern Palaearctic region are described and illustrated: O. hartmanni sp.n. (W-Nepal), O. uttaricus sp.n. (India: Uttarranchal Pradesh), O. spoliatus sp.n. (China: Yunnan), and O. fortepunctatus sp.n. (China: Zhejiang). Additional records of 23 (sub-)species of Othius and one of Atrecus Jacquelin du Val are reported. The Palaearctic genus Othius, by far the most speciose genus of the Othiini, now comprises 123 valid species and subspecies.

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The genus Calodera Mannerheim in Canada (Insecta: Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). The Holarctic genus Calodera Mannerheim, 1830 is reported from Canada for the first time. Two species are identified. One of them is probably undescribed; the other, C. parviceps (Casey, 1893) is redescribed and illustrated. A key to the North American representatives of the genus is provided.

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On the Cryptobiina of the Arabian peninsula (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). The species of the paederine subtribe Cryptobiina from Oman and Yemen are examined. The following taxa are (re-)described and illustrated: Cryptomanum gen. n., C. omanicum (Coiffait, 1981), comb. n., C. spinosissimum sp. n. (Oman), and Afrobium arabicum sp. n. (Yemen, Iran). Keys to the genera of Cryptobiina present in the Western Palaearctic region and to the Cryptobiina species recorded from the south of the Arabian peninsula are provided.

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Four new species and additional records of Palaearctic Sunius, with two new synonymies  (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). Four species of Sunius Stephens are described and illustrated: S. tronqueti sp. n. (Spain: Sierra Nevada), S. filabresicus sp. n. (Spain: Sierra de los Filabres), S. gadoricus sp. n. (Spain: Sierra de Gádor), and S. kastcheevi sp. n. (Kazakhstan). Two synonymies are proposed: S. melanocephalus (Fabricius, 1793) = S. anatolicus Assing, 1995, syn. n., S. claviceps (Reitter, 1908) = Sunius bogdoensis Grebennikov, 2001, syn. n. Additional records of 24 (sub-)species are reported from the Palaearctic region.

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A revision of the Western Palaearctic and Middle Asian species of Drusilla Leach. IV. A new species from Iran and additional records(Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae, Lomechusini). Drusilla bulbata sp.n. (Iran: Mazandaran) and the previously unknown male sexual characters of D. persica Assing and D. cernens Assing, as well as the female sexual characters of D. cretica Assing are described and illustrated. Additional records of 13 species are reported, among them three first country records from Iran and two from Israel. The distributions of 3 species are mapped.

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On the taxonomy and zoogeography of some Palaearctic Paederinae and Xantholinini  (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Types and non-type material of Palaearctic Paederinae and Xantholinini are examined. Seven species are described: Pseudomedon afghanicus nov.sp. (Afghanistan), Pseudomedon kazakhstanicus nov.sp. (Kazakhstan), Lithocharis schuelkei nov.sp. (Yemen), Lobrathium reuteri nov.sp. (Iraq), Lathrobium vitalyi nov.sp. (Kazakhstan), Xantholinus (Typhlolinus) minos nov.sp. (Greece: Crete),  Xantholinus (Helicophallus) kurdistanicus nov.sp. (Iraq). The new species, as well as various other species are illustrated. Platydomene distinctiventris (Koch 1939), previously a subspecies of P. sodale (Kraatz), is considered a distinct species, whose distribution is apparently confined to the Carpathians. The following synonymies are established: Astenus Dejean 1833 = Astenognathus Reitter 1909, nov.syn.; Lathrobium Gravenhorst 1802 = Centrocnemis Joseph 1868, nov.syn., = Centrocnemiella Strand 1934, nov.syn.; Xantholinus Dejean 1821 = Meneidophallus Bordoni 1999, nov.syn.; Astenus gracilis (Paykull 1789) = A. rutilipennis Reitter 1909, nov.syn.; A. procerus (Gravenhorst 1806) = A. noheli Coiffait 1969, nov.syn.; A. uniformis (Jacquelin du Val 1853) = A. maghrebinus Coiffait 1960, nov.syn.; A. pallidulus (Wollaston 1864) = A. parviceps Ragusa 1891, nov.syn., = A. antoinei Coiffait 1980, nov.syn., = A. murreus Bordoni 1994, nov.syn.; Platystethus arenarius (Geoffroy 1785) = Paederus verbasci Schrank 1798, nov.syn.; Rugilus orbiculatus (Paykull 1796) = R. exiguus Heer 1839, nov.syn.; R. rufipes (Germar 1836) = Stilicus nematideus Gistel 1857, nov.syn.; Rugilus subtilis (Erichson 1840) = R. salicetorum Gistel 1857, nov.syn.; Pseudomedon huetheri (Hubenthal 1927) = Medon huetheri helveticus Koch 1938, nov.syn.; Pseudomedon obscurellus (Erichson 1840) = Scymbalium minimum Eppelsheim 1888, nov.syn., = Medon apfelbecki Bernhauer 1899, nov.syn.; Lobrathium multipunctum (Gravenhorst 1802) = Lathrobium multistriatum Motschulsky 1858, nov.syn., = Lathrobium differens Gemminger & Harold 1868; nov.syn.; Lathrobium longulum Gravenhorst 1802 = L. scybalarium Gistel 1857, nov.syn., = L. longulum luzari Koch 1937, nov.syn.; L. laevipenne Heer 1839 = L. elytrale Gistel 1857, nov.syn.; L. pallidum Nordmann 1837 = L. krniense Joseph 1868, nov.syn.; L. brunnipes (Fabricius 1793) = L. fuscum Gravenorst 1806, nov.syn.; Ochthephilum fracticorne (Paykull 1800) = Cryptobium pallidum Gistel 1857, nov.syn.; Zeteotomus brevicornis (Erichson 1839) = Metoponcus brevicornis cephallenicus Bordoni 1983, nov.syn.; Xantholinus longiventris Heer 1839 = X. humidicola Gistel 1857, nov.syn., = X. gastraeus Gistel 1857, nov.syn.; X. varnensis Coiffait 1972 = X. gridellii carius Coiffait 1972, nov.syn., = X. graecus calcidicus Bordoni 1973, nov.syn.; X. ciliciae Bordoni 1971 = X. cypriacus Bordoni 2007, nov.syn.; Othius brevipennis (Kraatz 1857), nomen protectum = Xantholinus rufus Grimmer 1841, nov.syn., nomen oblitum, = X. occultans Gistel 1857, nov.syn.; Lordithon lunulatus (Linnaeus 1760) = Staphylinus austriacus Schrank 1781, nov.syn.; Cordalia obscura (Gravenhorst 1802) = Paederus clavicornis Lentz 1856, nov.syn. Gyrohypnus libanoticus Bordoni 1984 is again placed in the synonymy of G. fracticornis (Müller 1776). 5 previously synonymised names are revalidated: Tetartopeus ciceronii Zanetti 1998, Xantholinus varnensis Coiffait 1972, Gyrohypnus liber Assing 2003, G. vomer Assing 2003, and G. schuelkei Assing 2003. Neotypes are designated for Sunius uniformis Jacquelin du Val 1853, Lathrobium fuscum Gravenorst 1806, Xantholinus rufus Grimmer 1841, and Xantholinus occultans Gistel 1857. Lectotypes are designated for Astenus rutilipennis Reitter 1909, Sunius unicolor Mulsant & Rey 1878, S. subditus Mulsant & Rey 1878, S. bimaculatus Erichson 1840, Stilicus geniculatus Erichson 1839, S. similis Erichson 1839, S. subtilis Erichson 1840, Medon huetheri Hubenthal 1927, Medon huetheri helveticus Koch 1938, Paederus ochraceus Gravenhorst 1802, Lithocharis vilis Kraatz 1859, L. nigriceps Kraatz 1859, Lathrobium sodale distinctiventre Koch 1939, L. spadiceum Erichson 1840, and Xantholinus graecus Kraatz 1858. Zoogeographic data are presented for various species, including numerous first country records; Lithocharis subochracea Coiffait 1966 is recorded from the Palaearctic region for the first time. The distributions of Pseudomedon dido (Saulcy 1865) and of the species of the Xantholinus graecus group are illustrated.

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The first species of Cantaberella from the western Pyrenees (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Cantaberella pyrenaica nov.sp. (France/Spain: western Pyrenees: Pic d'Orhy), the fourth representative of the genus and the first record of the genus from the Pyrenees, is described and illustrated. A key to the species of Cantaberella is provided. The distribution of the genus is mapped.

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Nine new species and additional records of Staphylinidae from southern Spain, with new synonymies  (Insecta: Coleoptera). Proteinus lencinai nov.sp. (Spain: Murcia), Paraleptusa andujari nov. sp. (Spain: Sierra de Segura), Geostiba simaica nov.sp. (Spain: Sierra de Segura), G. filabresica nov.sp. (Spain: Andalucía: Sierra de Filabres), Oxypoda virgata nov.sp. (Spain: Andalucía, Castilla-La Mancha), O. flavissima nov.sp. (Spain; Morocco; Portugal: Madeira), O. telifera nov.sp. (Spain: Andalucía), O. imminuta nov.sp. (Spain: Andalucía), and O. incurvata nov.sp. (Spain: Andalucía) are described and illustrated. The following synonymies are proposed: Oxypoda islandica Kraatz 1857 = O. steineri Scheerpeltz 1958, nov.syn., = O. castillana Fagel 1958, nov.syn., = O. lativentris Fagel 1958, nov.syn., = O. insidiosa Pace 1988, nov.syn. Additional records of rarely found species of Staphylinidae are reported from Spain, among them two new country records. The distributions of nine species are mapped.

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New species and additional records of Geostiba from the Eastern Mediterranean region and from Middle Asia (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Two species of Geostiba Thomson are described: Geostiba (Sibiota) kirghisica nov.sp., the first representative of the genus from Kyrgyzstan, and G. sultanica nov.sp. (Turkey: Konya: Sultan Dağları). Additional records of 13 species are reported.

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A new species of Ocalea from Romania (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Ocalea gyorgyi nov.sp. (Romania) is described and illustrated. A key to the Ocalea species known from Romania is provided.

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New species and additional records of Lomechusini from the Palaearctic region (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Ten species of Palaearctic Lomechusini are described and illustrated: Pella kirgisica n. sp. (Kyrgyzstan), P. puetzi n. sp. (China: Yunnan), Tetrabothrus puetzi n. sp. (China: Yunnan), Amaurodera schuelkei n. sp. (China: Yunnan), Orphnebius paucisetosus n. sp. (eastern Nepal), O. scissus n. sp. (China: Yunnan), O. truncus n. sp. (China: Yunnan), O. tricuspis n. sp. (China: Yunnan), Lomechusa gerardiphila n. sp. (Spain: Andalucía), and Zyras (Termidonia) viti n. sp. (Taiwan). The previously unknown sexual characters of Orphnebius oculatus Coiffait, 1982 are described and illustrated. The following synonymies are proposed: Peltodonia Bernhauer, 1936, n. stat. = Chaetosogonocephus Pace, 1987, n. syn.; Peltodonia bodemeyeri (Bernhauer, 1936) = Chaetosogonocephus adventicius Assing, 2004, n. syn. The species previously attributed to Chaetosogonocephus are moved to Peltodonia. The distribution of P. bodemeyeri is mapped. Additional records of various Palaearctic Lomechusini species are reported, among them several new country records.

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A revision of Leptobium Casey. IV. Three new species and additional records  (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). Three species of Leptobium Casey, 1905 are described and illustrated: L. castroi n. sp. (Spain: Andalucía: Jaén), L. anlasi n. sp. (Turkey: Manisa), and L. vitalyi n. sp. (southern Kazakhstan). The Palaearctic genus now includes 62 species and 3 subspecies. Additional records of 22 (sub-)species are reported. The distributions of 7 species are mapped.

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A revision of the Western Palaearctic species of Nazeris Fauvel, 1873 (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). Types and additional material of the Western Palaearctic species of Nazeris Fauvel, 1873 are revised. Eleven species are recognised, among them two species new to science: N. seguricus sp. n. (Spain: Sierra de Segura and N. jaenicus sp. n. (Spain: Sierra Almadén). The species are (re-)described and illustrated. The following synonymies are established: Nazeris ibericus Koch, 1940 = N. laticeps Fagel, 1958. syn. n., = N. atlanticus Coiffait, 1971, syn. n., = N. algarvensis Coiffait, 1971, syn. n., = Nazeris sengleti Bordoni, 1975, syn. n.; N. bernhaueri Normand, 1936 = N. nigriventris Fagel, 1958, syn. n. Lectotypes are designated for Nazeris ibericus Koch, 1940 and N. ibericus Scheerpeltz, 1958. The Western Palaearctic Nazeris species are attributed to two species groups, both of them with remarkably disjunct distributions: the N. pulcher group (with two subgroups) and the N. curtipennis group. The distribution of the genus as a whole in the Western Palaearctic, as well as those of the individual species are mapped. A catalogue and a key to species are provided. Bionomic data are compiled.

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On the taxonomy and zoogeography of some Palaearctic Aleochara species of the subgenera Xenochara Mulsant & Rey and Rheochara Mulsant & Rey  (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Based on a study of types and additional material of Palaearctic Aleochara species currently attributed to the subgenera Xenochara Mulsant & Rey, 1874 and Rheochara Mulsant & Rey, 1875, four species groups are established: the A. cuniculorum group, the A. parvicornis group, the A. laevigata group, and the A. maculata group. Twenty-five species are (re-)described and illustrated, ten of them new to science: Aleochara (Xenochara) gontarenkoi sp. n. (Ukraine, Turkey) and A. (X.) utriculata sp. n. (Mongolia) of the A. cuniculorum group; A. (X.) suslica sp. n. (Ukraine) of the A. parvicornis group; A. (X.) grandeguttata sp. n. (Turkey, Armenia, Hungary), A. (X.) brevilaminata sp. n. (Middle Asia), and A. (X.) falcata sp. n. (Russia) of the A. laevigata group; A. (X.) cristata sp. n. (Western Mediterranean) and A. (X.) hamulata sp. n. (Eastern Mediterranean) of the A. maculata group; A. (X.) himalayanae sp. n. (China: Gansu, Qinghai) and A. (X.) digitulata sp. n. (China: Gansu) of the A. sparsa group. The external and sexual characters of several additional species are illustrated. The following synonymies are proposed: Xenochara Mulsant & Rey, 1874 = Dyschara Mulsant & Rey, 1874, syn. n., = Ophiochara Bernhauer, 1901, syn. n., = Euryodma Reitter, 1909, syn. n.; Aleochara cuniculorum Kraatz, 1858 = A. peusi Wagner, 1949, syn. n.; A. parvicornis Fauvel, 1900 = A. bobaci Krása, 1933, syn. n., = A. gracilis Likovský, 1965, syn. n., preoccupied. Three names are revalidated: A. dalila Likovský, 1984 (previously a synonym of A. peusi); A. lonae Gridelli, 1924 (previously a synonym of A. laevigata Gyllenhal, 1810); A. accepta Likovský, 1972 (previously a synonym of A. signata (Sahlberg)). Lectotypes are designated for A. cuniculorum Kraatz, 1858, A. breiti Ganglbauer, 1897, A. bisignata Erichson, 1837, A. cornuta Fauvel, 1886, A. peeziana Lohse, 1961, A. tenuicornis Kraatz, 1856, and A. pernigra Schubert, 1906. Additional records of Aleochara species are reported from the Palaearctic region, among them numerous first country records. The distributions of fourteen species are mapped.

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On the Western Palaearctic and Middle Asian species of Ochthephilum Stephens, with notes on Cryptobium koltzei Eppelsheim (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae: Cryptobiina). Types and additional material of the Western Palaearctic and Middle Asian representatives of Ochthephilum Stephens 1829 are revised. Ochthephilum permutatum nov.sp. (Azerbaijan), a species previously confounded with O. egregium (Reitter 1884), and O. brevispinosum nov.sp. (Kyrgyzstan) are described and illustrated. The shapes and intraspecific variation of the aedeagus and its internal structures of the Western Palaearctic and Middle Asian species are studied and illustrated. Cryptobium algiricum Fagel 1967, nov.syn., is placed in synonymy with Ochthephilum brevipenne (Mulsant & Rey 1861). Lectotypes are designated for Cryptobium collare Reitter 1884, C. egregium Reitter 1884, and C. brevipenne Mulsant & Rey 1861. The distributions of the Western Palaearctic species are discussed and additional records are reported, among them several new country records. Based on full-year field studies (pitfall traps, soil extractions) in northern Germany, data on the life cycle of O. fracticorne (Paykull 1800) - including the seasonal activity and seasonal density of males and females, sex ratios, the phenology of larvae, and oviposition - are presented and illustrated. The species is wing-dimorphic, but the macropterous morph is distinctly rarer and only fully winged females have been found so far. Catalogues of the Ochthephilum species of the Western Palaearctic region including Middle Asia and of Turkey, as well as a key to species are provided. The revised distributions of nine species are mapped. Cryptobium koltzei Eppelsheim 1886, previously in Ochthephilum, is moved to the genus Homaeotarsus Hochhuth 1851 and the binomen Homaeotarsus koltzei (Eppelsheim), nov.comb., is established; the male primary and secondary sexual characters of the species are figured. Homaeotarsus denticulatus nov.sp. (NW-China), a species previously confounded with H. koltzei, is described and illustrated.

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On the Leptusa species of Turkey. VII. Notes on distribution, a new species, a new synonymy, and additional records (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Leptusa (Dysleptusa) improvisa nov.sp. (Turkey: Antalya) is described and illustrated. Stenoleptusa Scheerpeltz 1966, nov.syn., is placed in the synonymy of Neopisalia Scheerpeltz 1966. Additional records of six species are presented. In all, 26 species and two doubtful subspecies are now known from Turkish territory. The general distribution of the genus and three subgenera in Turkey, and the individual distributions of nine species are mapped.

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Two new species of Paederinae from the Greek island Samos (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sunius geiseri nov.sp. and Leptobium samium nov.sp., the first endemic representatives of Staphylinidae, exclusive of the Pselaphinae, from the Egean island Samos (Greece), are described. The habitus and the male sexual characters are illustrated. The distributions of nine species are mapped.

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On the taxonomy, bionomics, and distribution of Platyola balcanica, a species with a remarkable ophthalmopolymorphism (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Platyola austriaca Scheerpeltz 1959, nov.syn., is placed in synonymy with P. balcanica Scheerpeltz 1958. Lectotypes are designated for both P. balcanica and P. austriaca. Intraspecific variation of external characters such as body size, body shape, coloration, and particularly eye size is enormous. The genitalia and external characters of P. balcanica are illustrated. Ecological data are compiled and the distribution of this Ponto-Mediterranean species is mapped. It is reported from Turkey for the first time.

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Two new species and subspecies of Leptusa from Nepal and Montenegro (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae). Leptusa (Drepanoleptusa) helambuica nov.sp. (Nepal: Langtang National Park) and L. (Micropisalia) abdominalis mikii nov.ssp. (Montenegro: Durmitor) are described, illustrated, and distinguished from similar species and subspecies.

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On the Western Palaearctic species of Carcinocephalus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Omaliinae). The following synonymies are proposed: Carcinocephalus Bernhauer 1903 = Scribaia Luze 1906, nov.syn. (previously a subgenus of Carcinocephalus); Carcinocephalus merkli (Eppelsheim 1883) = C. mehadiensis (Bernhauer 1902), nov.syn., = C. bosnicus Scheerpeltz 1934, nov.syn. Lectotypes are designated for Omalium merkli and Carcinocephalus bosnicus. Carcinocephalus merkli is a wing-dimorphic species, at the same time representing a remarkable case of ophthalmo-dimorphism. External characters and the male genitalia are illustrated. The distributions of the two Western Palaearctic representatives of the genus are illustrated. The habitat of C. merkli is evidently endogean.

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New species and additional records of Palaearctic Falagriini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Two species are described and illustrated: Cordalia mirica nov.sp. and C. spoliata nov.sp., both from Arunachal Pradesh (India). New records of several species of Borboropora Kraatz 1862, Cordalia Jacobs 1925, and Falagrioma Casey 1906 are reported. The binomen Anaulacaspis schuelkei (Assing 2001), nov.comb. (ex Cordalia), is established. The external and sexual characters of Cordalia yunnanensis Pace 1998 and Borboropora reitteri (Weise 1877) are figured. The known distribution of the extremely rare B. reitteri is mapped.

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New species and additional records of Homalotini, Athetini, Pygostenini, and Lomechusini from Yunnan, China (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Eight species are described and illustrated, based on type material from Yunnan: Chinecallicerus serratus nov.sp., Tropimenelytron schuelkei nov.sp., Atheta (Microdota) bicoloricornis nov.sp., A. (M.) altincisa nov.sp., A. (M.) excaecata nov.sp., A. (M.) amischoides nov.sp., Doryloxenus yunnanus nov.sp., and Zyras (Termidonia) sexcuspidatus nov.sp. Additional records of Aleocharinae from Yunnan are reported. A key to the known species of Chinecallicerus Assing is provided.

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A new species of Ocalea from Afghanistan (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Ocalea discrepans nov.sp., the first representative of the genus to become known from Afghanistan, is described and illustrated. The erroneous type locality of Ocalea gyorgyi Assing & Terlutter 2008 is rectified.

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A new species of Metolinus from Yunnan, China (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae: Xantholinini). Metolinus parvioculatus nov.sp. from western Yunnan province, China, is described. Its external and male sexual characters are illustrated.

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On the Staphylinidae of Turkey. VI. Thirteen new species and additional records (Coleoptera). Thirteen species are described from Turkey: Aploderus transversicollis sp.n. (Samsun), Stenus (Hemistenus) abstrusus sp.n. (Gümüşhane, Giresun, Trabzon), S. (H.) abrasus sp.n. (Rize), Ochthephilum hamatum sp.n. (Muğla), Gabrius pravus sp.n. (Samsun), Gyrophaena ciliciana sp.n. (Adana), G. cultellata sp.n. (Samsun), G. spoliata sp.n. (Samsun), Borboropora myrmecophila sp.n. (Antalya), Atheta (Parameotica) soganlica sp.n. (Trabzon), Oxypoda meybohmi sp.n. (Kahramanmaraş), O. miricornis Kahramanmaraş), Aleochara (Ceranota) simplicicornis sp.n. (Ordu, Erzurum). The sexual characters of several additional species are illustrated. Aleochara caloderoides Assing, 2007 is attributed to the subgenus Ceranota Stephens, 1839. The preoccupied name Atheta akiensis Assing, 2006 is replaced with Atheta albomontis nom.n. A total of 39 species are recorded from Turkey for the first time, one of them also for Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, and various European countries. Numerous new province records are reported. The distributions of five species are mapped.

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On the identity of some Acanthoglossa and Hypomedon species, primarily from the Mediterranean region (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). Based on a study of types and additional material, the following synonymies are established: Medonina Casey 1905 = Acanthoglossina Coiffait 1982, nov.syn.; Acanthoglossa Kraatz 1859 = Cephisella Fagel 1961, nov.syn., = Cephisus Fauvel 1873, nov.syn.; Acanthoglossa orientis (Fauvel 1873), nov.comb. = A. abeillei Bernhauer 1902, nov.syn.; A. punica Fauvel 1901 = A. deserticola Jarrige 1958, nov.syn. A lectotype is designated for Cephisus orientis Fauvel. External characters, mouthparts, and the male sexual characters of A. orientis and A. hirta Kraatz 1859, the genotypes of Cephisella and Acanthoglossa, respectively, as well as of A. punica, A. crassa Coiffait 1979, and Hypomedon niloticus (Koch 1934), nov.comb. are figured. The generic affiliations of the Mediterranean species currently attributed to Acanthoglossa and Hypomedon are briefly discussed. The distributions of A. orientis, A. punica, A. crassa, and Hypomedon niloticus are mapped.

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On the Pseudomedon species of the Palaearctic region (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). Based on an examination of types and additional material, ten species of the genus Pseudomedon are recognised in the Palaearctic region. Four synonymies are proposed: Pseudomedon Mulsant & Rey 1878 = Euphonus Fauvel 1902, nov.syn.; P. obscurellus (Erichson 1840) = P. mussardi Bordoni 1980, nov.syn., = P. brevipes (Wollaston 1860), previously a synonym of P. obsoletus (Nordmann 1837); P. mirei Coiffait 1980 = P. africanus Coiffait 1980, nov.syn. A key to species and a catalogue are provided. The male primary sexual characters and external characters are illustrated. The distributions of five species are mapped.