Calosoma (Caminara) reitteri Roeschke, 1896

Calosoma laeviusculum Reitter, 1896: 49 (preoccupied by laeviusculum Motschulsky, 1844)
Calosoma Reitteri Roeschke, 1896: 339 (Typus: Askhabad; Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest) (novem novum pro laeviusculum Reitter, 1896).
Calosoma (Caminara) reitteri Breuning, 1927: 225
Charmosta (Catasoma) reitteri Lapouge, 1932: 422
Campalita reitteri Jeannel, 1940: 118
Calosoma (Caminara) reitteri Basilewski, 1972: 37

Length 26-28 mm. The elytral sculpture of C. reitteri is flattened with sligthly scaly intervals, but it is still possible to recognize two tertiary intervals on each sides of a secondary one ("pentaploïde" type). The upper body of C. reitteri is uniformely dark, and it is easy to identify among the other dark colored species of Caminara, because the tarsi of the male's forelegs are not dilated.
It is found in Central Asia (Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, W. Kazakhistan and Russia close to the border with Kazakhistan). Its presence in Uzbekistan is possible, but there are not available detailed data about it.

Examined specimens and literature’s data
Kazakhistan: Atyrau reg., 50 km. S. Kulsary, (SB); Mangistau reg. Beyneu env. (SB); Syr Darja river (Jeannel, 1940: 118); Kenderli (http://www.zin.ru/)
Russia: Lake Baskunchak (Kryzhanovskij & al. 1995: 34)
Tajikistan: Vakhsh ridge. and low mountain ranges of southern Tajikistan (Mikhailov, http://www.zin.ru)
Turkmenistan: Sandvkachi (SB); Badkhyz Nature Reserve (SB); Aschabad (EM); Kushka (Breuning, 1927: 225)

Notes: The species is named after Edmund Reitter (1845 - 1920) an Austrian entomologist, well known as an expert on the beetles of the Palaearctic.
C. reitteri is a typical inhabitant of desert or semi-desert areas and can be locally quite abundant. Active individuals were captured in April - May

Calosoma (Caminara) reitteri
Roeschke, 1896
W. Kazakhistan: Mangistau reg., Beyneu env.,
24.04.2011, Abramov lg.
Calosoma (Caminara) reitteri
Roeschke, 1896
W. Kazakhistan: Mangistau reg., Beyneu env.,
24.04.2011, Abramov lg.

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