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A new species of endogean, anophthalmous Parazuphium Jeannel from Northern Morocco (Coleoptera: Carabidae), with new molecular data for the tribe Zuphiini

Author(s): Carmelo Andújar | Carles Hernando | Ignacio Ribera

Journal: ZooKeys
ISSN 1313-2989

Volume: 103;
Start page: 49;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Taxonomy | new species | Parazuphium | identification key | endogean fauna | molecular phylogeny

A new species of the genus Parazuphium (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Zuphiini), Parazuphium aguilerai sp.n., is described from the Tingitan peninsula in North Morocco. The single known specimen was found below a large stone deeply inserted in the substratum, and it is anophthalmous, depigmented and flattened. This is the second species of blind Parazuphium, the other being P. feloi Machado 1998 from a lave tube in the Canary Islands. Molecular data of the unique known P. aguilerai sp.n. specimen is provided, and a molecular phylogeny confirm its inclusion inside Zuphiini within Harpalinae. Identification keys to the Mediterranean and Macaronesian species of Parazuphium are provided.

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