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- Singilis fuscipennis Schaum 1857: 258
GREECE: Attica, Dr. Krüper (1♂, NHMW); Graecia, Parnass, Collect. Hauser (2♂♂, NHMW); Dedeagač, Graecia sept. (1♂, NMPC). SYRIA: Al Lathqiyan env., Slenfe env., 1500m, 30–31.V.1998 Josef Mertlik leg. (1♂, DWWC); Syria (1♀, NMPC). TURKEY: Anatolia m., Toros Daglari 900m, 25 km NW Erdemli, 6.VI.1991, S. Kadlec leg. (1♂, NHMW); Bogaz Roy, 12.VII.1989, H. Schmid leg. (1♂, NHMW); Asia Minor, Akschehir (1♂, NHMW); vill. Icel 24–26.V.1995, Erdemli env., 8 km NW of Arslanli, Josef Mertlik leg. . (1♂, DWWC); Asia min., 1.V.1969, Burdur, Antalya, Wewalka leg. (1♂, NMPC); prov. Adana, 20 km NW of Erdemli, 13–15.VI.1992, V. Bíša & Z. Koščál leg. (1♂, DWWC).
This species is most similar to Singilis libani, sharing a body form and coloration pattern, but is smaller and can be diagnosed easily by pronotum, i.e., Singilis libani has strongly transverse and very densely punctate pronotum. The aedeagal median lobe apex is broader and shorter than in Singilis libani.
Length 5.1–5.9 mm. Head and pronotum brown; elytra piceous to black, with paler lateral margins and a poorly defined triangular area in basal ¼, sometimes extended along suture (Fig. 23).
Head very deeply and densely punctate, strongly microsculptured; punctures sometimes confluent near eyes, separated by a diameter on the vertex. Clypeus impunctate. Eyes large and bulging, with a few very short setae at posterior margin. Second supraocular seta located just anterad the posterior margin of eye. Temples short and smooth. Scape with a very long seta at 2/3 of its length and a few short thin setae; pedicel with a band of apical setae; antennomere III with two bands of setae (at mid-length and at apex). Antennae pubescent from mid-length of antennomere IV.
Pronotum 1.23–1.27 times as wide as head, 1.45–1.5 times as wide as long, widest just behind marginal setae. Anterior margin straight, anterior angles slightly prominent, sides very broadly and evenly rounded, slightly to conspicuously sinuate towards posterior angles, which are acute. Punctation coarse, irregular and deep, somewhat sparser towards furrow, rugose and confluent towards lateral margins. Lateral explanate margin rapidly widened from the apex, broad and flat at base. Posterior pore right in front of angle. Basal grooves shallow, rugose, confluently punctate. Pronotal base extended in a rounded median lobe. Furrow variable. Microsculpture strong, slightly transverse.
Intervals 1, 3, 5 and 7 with subtle, irregular setiferous punctures bearing minute, barely visible setae. Interval 7 narrow and strongly convex. All intervals convex near base and conspicuously convex elsewhere. Striae deep from base to apex, slightly punctate. Microsculpture strong, polygonal. Apices slightly sinuate.
Legs brownish yellow. Tarsomere V with 3 pairs of ventral setae. Mes- and metepisterna slightly punctate. Claws with 5 teeth. Venter brown, abdominal sterna blackish. All abdominal sterna with short pubescence, no longer than metatarsomere IV.
Aedeagus – Fig. 39. Aedeagal median lobe stout, eudorsal surface slightly curved, apex broad, expanded slightly near broadly rounded tip.
Varies in body size, in the extent of pale area at elytral base (may be reduced), and depth and length of the pronotal furrow.
Type locality: Athens, Greece (Schaum 1857: 134).
Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Syria.
- Anichtchenko, A; 2011: Review of subtribe Singilina Jeannel, 1949, of the Middle East and Central Asia (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Lebiini) ZooKeys, 155: 1-50. doi
- Schaum H (1857) Beitrag zur Käferfauna Griechenlands. Erster Stück: Cicindelidae, Carabici, Dytiscidae, Gyrinidae. Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift 1: 116-158. doi: 10.1002/mmnd.18570010115