Four new species of beetles (Coleoptera) described from the Croatian caves


Three original scientific papers are published in journal Natura Croatica Vol 18. No. 2. 2009 with the description of four new species of cave beetles (Coleoptera). Two species are described from island Mljet: Euconnus longipedes from Galičnjak cave and Scydmoraphes speluncarius from Male ponte jama pit. One new species Tychobythinus lukici is described from Činjadra špilja cave from island Brač. New species Minosaphaenops croaticus is described from Glogova jama pit on Sniježnica Mt. near Dubrovnik. These new species are known so far only from their type localities, or from just few caves and represent new endemics of Croatian caves.

Endogean and cavernicolous Coleoptera of the Balkans. VIII. Two new cavernicolous Scydmaeninae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) from the island of Mljet, Croatia P. Hlavač & B. Jalžić

Two new cavernicolous Scydmaeninae, Euconnus (Tetramelus) longipedes n. sp. and Scydmoraphes speluncarius n. sp. are described from the island of Mljet, Croatia. Records of all Scydmoraphes known so far from the Adriatic coast are discussed. Scydmoraphes leptocerus (Reitter, 1883) is recorded for the first time from Montenegro.

Endogean and cavernicolous Coleoptera of the Balkans. IX. Notes on Tychobythinus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae) from the Adriatic coast, with a description of a new species P. Hlavač & B. Jalžić

Tychobythinus lukici, a new cavernicolous species of the tribe Bythinini, closely related to T. neumanni is described from the island Brač, Croatia. The actual knowledge on all Croatian Tychobythinus is discussed and summarized.

Minosaphaenops croaticus, new species of the cave dwelling Trechinae beetle from Croatia, with description of male specimen of Derossiella nonveilleri Quéinnec (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Trechinae) Quéinnec (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Trechinae) R. Lohaj & B. Jalžić

In the paper Minosaphaenops croaticus sp. nov. from Glogova jama (Sniježnica mountain range, SE Croatia), the second known species of the genus is described, illustrated and compared with the congeneric species Minosaphaenops ollivieri Quéinnec, 2008. The new species is characterised by its wider elytra and head, smaller body size, and the shape of aedeagus. Data on the distribution and the ecology of this remarkable species are also provided. First description of a male of Derossiella nonveilleri Quéinnec, 2008, based on the single specimen collected in Drinovčuša jama (Mosor mountain range, central Dalmatia, Croatia) is also provided.