Entomological Review

, Volume 91, Issue 8, pp 1005–1010 | Cite as

New and little known dermestid beetles of the genus Thorictus (Coleoptera, Dermestidae)

  • R. D. Zhantiev


Thorictus crinitus sp. n. differs from Th. bifoveolatus Rtt. and Th. medvedevi Zhant. in the shape of the pronotum, the presence of transverse depressions in its basal corners, the presence of prothoracic trichomes, and in the shape of the fused mesothoracic and metathoracic trichomes. Thorictus pamirensis sp. n. differs from Th. medvedevi in the shape of the pronotum and in the presence of transverse depressions in its basal corners. It can be distinguished from Th. crinitus sp. n. by the shape of the pronotum, the absence of prothoracic trichomes, and by the shape of the meso- and metathoracic trichomes. Thorictus bifoveolatus Rtt. differs from Th. pamirensis sp. n. in the shape of the body, pronotum, eyes, and trichomes and in the absence of depressions in the basal corners of the pronotum. Thorictus beali sp. n. differs from Th. koenigi Rtt. and the other related species in the presence of narrow thoracic trichomes bounded posteriorly by cuticular prominences and in the shape of marginal furrow at the base of the pronotum. New synonymies were established: Th. kaznakovi Schmidt, 1904 = Th. hendeli Reitter, 1910, syn. n. and Th. lebedewi Reitter, 1909 = Th. babadjanidis John, 1971, syn. n. Data on the distribution of 15 species and the biology of 10 species occurring in the Crimea, the Caucasus, Volgograd Province, Kazakhstan, and Middle Asia are presented.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of BiologyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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