Calosoma (Callisthenes) fischeri Fischer von Waldheim, 1842

Callisthenes fischeri Fischer von Waldheim, 1842: 271 (described from: "confins de la Chine")
Calosoma (Callisthenes) fischeri Breuning, 1928: 74
Callisthenes elegans fischeri Lapouge, 1932: 376
Callisthenes fischeri Jeannel, 1940: 190


Length 17-21 mm. C. fischeri is easily spotted among the other species of Callisthenes because its pronotum has the front sides considerably projecting in relation to the head. Moreover, it is an unique species because of its vibrant colours, not present in other species of the subgenus.
It spreads into Centre and South-West of Mongolia.

Examined material
Mongolia: Gobi-Altai aimak (20km. S. Somon Delgerzoght 1480m.(SB); near Bugat 1900m)(SB); Selenge aimak (Baga Gazrint 1600m.)(SB); Bulgan aimak (Gurvan Saykhan, 1700m) (SB).

Notes: Brachypterous. It lives around 1500-1900m. altitude. All the examined specimens were collected in June, but adults seem to be active from May to August according to the data cited in literature (Obydov, 2002: 92).
Johann Gotthelf Fischer von Waldheim (1771 -1853) was born and studied in Germany and later became director of the Natural History Museum at the Moscow University, and founder of the Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou. He gave in its publication of 1842 a schematic description of this species, of which he attributed the authorship to Édouard Ménétries (1802-1861), another important entomologist of French origin. However, Ménétries formalized his description only the following year (1843: 347), so the species is named in honor of Fisher even if the latter also appears its author.

Calosoma (Callisthenes) fischeri
Fischer von Waldheim, 1842
Mittel Gobi amak, 20km. S. von Somon Delgerzoght
1480m., expd. Z Kasab, 9.6.67
Calosoma (Callisthenes) fischeri
Fischer von Waldheim, 1842
Mandal gov., Baga Gazrint Chouluu mts.,
1.600m., 10.VI.2003, Anichtchenko lgt.

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