Subgenus Campalita Motschulsky, 1866

Campalita Motschulsky, 1866: 304 (type maderae Fabricius, 1775)
Cosmoplata Motschulsky, 1866: 305 (type aeneum Motschoulsky, 1859 = chinense Kirby, 1818)
Campolita Gehin 1885: XXXII (erroneusly ascribed to Motschulsky, 1865 and proposed as replacement name for Campalita)
Campolyta Bedel 1895: 18 (quotes Gehin 1885 and repeats the mistake)
Eremosoma Lapouge, 1929: 10 (type algiricum Géhin, 1885)

Campalita belongs to the Calosoma that have the ligula of the endophallus sclerified ("Calosomes ongulés" sensu Jeannel, 1940), and falls in the phyletic line Castrida-Caminara, that Jeannel (1940) considers originated from the ancient Afro-Brazilian plateau. In this phyletic line in most cases a basal seta is still present close to hind angles of the pronotum. With the exception of American Castrida, all other subgenera in the group have the metaepisternum with fine and dense punctuation. Caminara and Campalita differ from Charmosta and Ctenosta because in their case the basal seta of the pronotum is always present.
According to Jeannel (1940) the distinction between Campalita Motschulsky, 1866 and Caminara Motschulsky, 1866 should be based on the evolutive characteristics of the sculpture of their elytra, considering this as the fundamental element for the reconstruction of the phylogeny of the group. So in Campalita were included species that have two tertiary intervals on each sides of a secondary one ("pentaploïde" type), or species, as Campalita maderae (Fabricius, 1775), that have a tendency to switch to this type duplicating the tertiary intervals.
Later Basilewsky (1972: 35), coming back to the approach of Breuning (1927-1928), and of other more recent authors (Kryzhanovskij 1962, Mandl 1970), considered the shape and the chaetotaxy of male mesotibiae as the most important characteristics. The species of the Campalita subgenus (sensu Basilewsky 1972), can also have 16 or 22 striae on each elytron ("triploïde" or "pentaploïde" type) but are differentiated from the ones belonging to the Caminara subgenus by the male mesotibiae strongly arched and with a brush on the inner side.
The four species of the subgenus Campalita, as previously defined, occupy areas included in the palearctic region, from the Mediterranean to Siberia, except C. chlorostictum Dejean, 1831 which is found in the afrotropical region. The palearctic species are C. algiricum Géhin, 1885 from Central Asia to the Mediterranean; C. maderae (Fabricius, 1775) which follows in part the same path up to the Himalayan range but is also present in central and northern Europe; and C. chinense Kirby, 1818, closely related to C. maderae and found in China, eastern Siberia and Japan.

Calosoma (Campalita) algiricum Géhin, 1885
Calosoma (Campalita) chinense Kirby, 1818
Calosoma (Campalita) chlorostictum Dejean, 1831
Calosoma (Campalita) chlorostictum subsp. chlorostictum Dejean, 1831
Calosoma (Campalita) chlorostictum subsp. cognatum Chaudoir, 1850
Calosoma (Campalita) maderae (Fabricius, 1775)
Calosoma (Campalita) maderae subsp. maderae (Fabricius, 1775)
Calosoma (Campalita) maderae subsp. dzungaricum Gebler, 1833
Calosoma (Campalita) maderae subsp. indicum Hope, 1831

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