Calosoma (Carabophanus) raffrayi Fairmaire, 1883
Calosoma caraboides Raffray, 1882: 47 (type: Abuna Yusef; Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris) (preoccupied by the fossil species Calosoma caraboides Heer, 1861)
Calosoma raffrayi Fairmaire, 1883: 89 (lectotype. Abyssinie; Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris) (nomen novum pro Calosoma caraboides Raffray, 1882)
Blaptosoma raffrayi Géhin, 1885: 66
Carabophanus caraboides Kolbe, 1895: 57
Calister raffrayi Reitter, 1896:41
Calosoma (Carabophanus) raffrayi Breuning, 1928: 125
Carabomorphus (Carabophanus) caraboides Lapouge, 1932: 397
Orinodromus (Carabophanus) raffrayi Jeannel, 1940: 144
Length 11-18 mm. The pronotum is narrower in the rear, with lobes very small. The femora are red and the upper body is uniformly black. The elytra are smooth, devoid of the two raised lines that, in other species of the group, run parallel to the suture of elytra throughout its length.
It has been described from Mount Abuna Yosef and later has been found in other places of Wollo as Mount Abuye Meda in the south, as well as northernmost in Tigrai, near the present border between Eritrea and Ethiopia. It has also been quoted by Rougemont (1976) much more to the south, from Shewa (Ternaber pass).
Examined specimens and literature’s data
Ethiopia.Wollo: Abuna Josef, in the Simien mountains (lectotype MNHN; SB); env. Desse, Tossa Amba (RMCA)
Tigrai: Alitiéna North of Addigrat (EM)
Shewa: Mussolini pass (=Termaber pass) (Rougemont, 1976: 255); Mount Abuye Meda (Breuning, 1928a: 125)
Notes: Wingless. It lives in pastures between 2900 and 3000 m.. Adults seem to be mostly nocturnal and they shelter during the day under stones. They were found in activity in the initial period of rainy in June, and during the dry season in December (Rougemont, 1976: 255).
The species is named after Achille Marie Jacques Raffray (1844 –1923) a French entomologist, explorer and diplomat. In 1882 Raffray was charged with a mission to Abyssinia, where he had already been in the years 1873-74. In this occasion he has been able to visit the unknown mountains of Zebul and Abouna Yousef in the Ethiopian plateaus, where he was one of the first naturalists that could observe the alpine fauna in Africa.
Abuna Yusef (Typus of Calosoma caraboides Raffray, 1882).
(coll. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris)
Ethiopia: Abuna Josef, Simien
Ethiopia: Alitiéna, Abissinie (Tigrai, north of Addigrat)
(coll. E. Migliaccio)