Calosoma (Castrida) abbreviatum Chaudoir, 1869
Calosoma abbreviatum Chaudoir, 1869: 371 (type: Perou ou Bolivie; Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris)
Calosoma (Callistriga) abbreviatum Breuning, 1927: 199
Caminara (Camedula) abbreviata Lapouge, 1932: 419
Castrida (s. str.) abbreviatum Jeannel, 1940: 98
Calosoma (Castrida) abbreviatum Gidaspow, 1963: 304
Length 23-26 mm. abbreviatum is easily recognizable because of the shape of its pronotum which is twice or more than twice as wide as long, posteriorly conspicuously narrowed. The metatrochanter are rounded but in male, in some case, they are slightly pointed at tip. Moreover the second segment of the anterior tarsi of males is missing the depression on dorsal side, typical of the other species of subgenus Castrida. The color is dark bronze.
It is widespread in north western South America, extending from Peru to the north up to Colombia (Perù, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia). However, according to Erwin (1991: 23) it is one of the species that possibly shall expand their range toward Central America following the destruction of forests and the expansion of open fields
Examined specimens and literature’s data
Colombia: Cali (Breuning, 1927: 203)
Ecuador. Manabi: Machalilla, (AVT); Santa Helena (Breuning, 1927: 203)
Peru. Perou ou Bolivie (type NMHN); Peru (SB); Lima (Gidaspow, 1963: 305); Ica prov: Ica city (SB); Lambayeque: Motupe 200-600m. (SB); Callao (Breuning, 1927: 203); Junin (Breuning, 1927: 203); Tumbez: Quiro (Gidaspow, 1963: 305)
Notes: Winged, after the rains is often attracted to light at night (Jeannel, 1940: 98). Preferably lives in lowlands, and active adults have been noted in the raining season from November to April (Erwin, 2007: 85).
Ecuador: Manabi, Machalilla, Isla de La Plata, 1/18.III.1995, X. Cordovez, N. Naranjo, F. Moscozo lg. (coll. AVT)
Perou ou Bolivie; (type)
(Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris)