Calosoma (Callitropa) laeve Dejean, 1826

Calosoma laeve Dejean, 1826: 210, type material: not stated, description compatible with one specimen ♀ only (from Mexique, ex Dupont); lectotype ♀ designated by Deuve (1978: 247) in Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris [examined]
Calosoma chevrolatii Dejean, 1837: 25. type material: unspecified number of specimens in coll. Dejean (from Mexique, ex Chevrolat); lectotype ♂ designated by Deuve (1978: 247) in Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris [examined]
Calosoma (Blaptosoma) laeve Breuning, 1928: 46
Blaptosoma (s. str.) laeve Lapouge, 1932: 392
Callitropa (Blaptosoma) laeve Jeannel, 1940: 218
Calosoma (Blaptosoma) chihuahua Gidaspow, 1959: 284 (type locality: Madera, Chihuahua); holotype ♂ and 8 paratypes in American Museum of Natural History, New York


Length 25-28 mm. All the species collected by Jeannel in Blaptosoma have a squat and convex body shape and this is particularly true for C. laeve and C. atrovirens. C. laeve has a strongly transverse pronotum with large rear lobes and it has smooth elytra. It differs, however, at glance from C. atrovirens because his head has only a superficial punctuation.
It is commonly encountered in central Mexico: Hidalgo, Puebla, Vera Cruz, Michoacán, Mexico, Morelos. It is also found farther north: Nuevo Leon and Chihuahua.
From the state of Chihuahua (Madeira), Gidaspow (1959) described Calosoma (Blaptosoma) chihuahua. It is very similar to C. laeve, of which it has the same type of male copulatory organ, but from which it would differ for the consistently smaller size, the head more finely punctate, and for the lateral margin of the pronotum less wide at the base, as well as for a series of characteristics that could bring it closer to the subgenus Carabomimus, such as the pronotum lacking the apical margin bead, and the less wide than long scutellum. It is difficult to decide about the actual systematic position of this proposed species. The differences from C. laeve, listed in the original description, and checked on the typical series, would lead us rather to believe that it is a population of C. laeve, slightly differentiated but not necessarily distinct.

Examined specimens and literature’s data
Mexico. Chihuahua: Madera (sub C. chihuahua; AMNH, NMB), 8.9 km W of Madera, Colonia Garcia (sub C. chihuahua; UASM), 15 Km N. Madera, 2100m (sub C. chihuahua; SB; RS), Meoqui (www.inaturalist.org), Pedernales (Gidaspow, 1959: 284), Minaca (UASM); Guanajuato (Bates, 1884: 22): Tarandacuao (www.inaturalist.org); Hidalgo: Tula (EM, SB), Atotonilco (SB), El Solino (SB), Ajacuba (Lassalle & Van Den Berghe, 2013:162); Jalisco: 43 km NE of Tamazula (UASM); Mexico DF: Chapingo (Gidaspow, 1959: 284), Mexico City (Bates, 1884: 22), Xochimilco, Tepotzotlán (www.inaturalist.org), Sierra de Guadalupe (SB), Colonia Coyoacán, San Juan Teotihuacán (www.gbif.org), Tequixquiac, Apaxco de Ocampo, Ixtapaluca (www.inaturalist.org); Michoacán: Morelia, Patzcuaro (Gidaspow, 1959: 284), Maravatio (Breuning, 1928b: 46); Morelos: Cuernavaca (Breuning, 1928 b: 46); Nuevo Leon: Alta Vista (Gidaspow, 1959: 284); Puebla: Esperanza (Bates, 1884: 22), Puebla city (Bates, 1991: 225); San Luis Potosi: around the city (Lassalle & Van Den Berghe, 2013:162)); Tlaxaca: Tetla de la Solidaridad (www.inaturalist.org); Vera Cruz: Jalapa, Perote (Bates, 1884: 22).

Notes: Brachypterous. It lives on upland around 2000 - 2400m. Active individuals have been found from May to August, according to the data of the examined materials, or up to to November, according to Erwin (2007: 97). In the Hawaii island, if our identification is correct, its habitat and phenology seem to be quite different. In fact the species is present on the nortrhern plateau from 50m., near the sea coast, to 800m., inland. Moreover, it was observed active mostly in Febtuary-March and in a single case in June.

Calosoma (Callitropa) laeve
Dejean, 1826
Mexico, Hidalgo: Atotonilco, 24.V.1947, 2.400m., G.v.V. Alffter leg.
Calosoma (Callitropa) laeve
Dejean, 1826
Mexico, Hidalgo: El Solino, 28.VII.1963, F. Sánchez leg.
Calosoma (Callitropa) laeve
Dejean, 1826
Mexique
(lectotype of Calosoma chevrolatii Dejean, 1837)
(coll. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris)
Calosoma (Callitropa) laeve ♂ Dejean, 1826
(sub Calosoma (Blaptosoma) chihuahua Gidaspow, 1959)
Mexico, Chihuahua: 15 Km N. Madera, 2100m.
30,VII,1990, W Heinz lgt.
Calosoma (Callitropa) laeve ♀ Dejean, 1826
(sub Calosoma (Blaptosoma) chihuahua Gidaspow, 1959)
Mexico, Chihuahua: 15 Km N. Madera, 2100m.
30,VII,1990, W Heinz lgt.

updated December 2 2023

Back