Omocestus antigai (Bolívar, 1897)


Omocestus antigai: Male and female (East Pyrenees, Canigou, 2000m, October 2013) [N] Omocestus antigai: Female (East Pyrenees, Canigou, Corsavy, Tour de Batère, 1450m, October 2013) [N] Omocestus antigai: Female (East Pyrenees, Canigou, Corsavy, Tour de Batère, 1450m, October 2013) [N] Omocestus antigai: Female (East Pyrenees, Canigou, Corsavy, Tour de Batère, 1450m, October 2013) [N] Omocestus antigai: Female (East Pyrenees, Canigou, Corsavy, Tour de Batère, 1450m, October 2013) [N] Omocestus antigai: Female (East Pyrenees, Canigou, Corsavy, Tour de Batère, 1450m, October 2013) [N] Omocestus antigai: Habitat of the so-called Omocestus navasi bellmanni (East Pyrenees, Tour de Batère, 1450m, October 2013) [N] Omocestus antigai: Habitat (East Pyrenees, Canigou, 2000m, October 2013) [N]

Habitat:
Omocestus antigai inhabits pastures and stony grasslands up to more than 2000m.

Remarks:
Omocestus antigai occurs in the Eastern Pyrenees (France, Spain) and adjacing parts of Catalonia.

Hints on determination:
A second very similar species Omocestus navasi Bolívar, 1908 has been described from the same region, but lower elevations. It differs only slightly and not constantly from Omocestus antigai. The images from Tour de Batère from lower elevations (app. 1450m) show individuals belonging to Omocestus navasi bellmanni. They differ in their angled lateral carinae of the pronotum. These are most often (but not always) curved in Omocestus antigai.
It is surely the best to synonymize the two taxa provisionally.



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