The ground beetle tribe platynini bonelli, 1810 (Coleoptera, carabidae) in the southern levant: Dichotomous and interactive identification tools, ecological traits, and distribution

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  • Thorsten Assmann
  • Esteve Boutaud
  • Jörn Buse
  • Claudia Drees
  • Ariel Leib Leonid Friedman
  • Ingmar Harry
  • Fares Khoury
  • Eylon Orbach
  • Ittai Renan
  • Constantin Schmidt
  • Kilian Schmidt
  • David W. Wrase
  • Pascale Zumstein

The carabids of the tribe Platynini from the southern Levant (Egypt: Sinai Peninsula, Israel, Jordan) and adjacent regions of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia are reviewed in terms of species tax-onomy, ecological, distributional traits, and conservation biology. In addition to a classical dichotomous identification key to the 14 species of the region, identification tools are made freely available via the Xper3 knowledge database “Platynini, southern Levant”. Besides an interactive identification key, a matrix with character states for the species and single access identification keys are available. A database includ-ing all available records from the southern Levant is also provided. First faunistic records are recorded for Anchomenus dorsalis infuscatus from Sinai (Egypt), Olisthopus fuscatus from Lebanon and Iraq, and for O. glabricollis from Iraq. Threatened species are discussed, also with regard to the reasons of their decline. The majority of species lives in wetlands, especially on the shore of winter ponds and streams, which have been extremely degraded in the last decades.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number1044
Pages (from-to)449-478
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 16.06.2021

    Research areas

  • Agonum, Anchomenus, Atranus, Ecological traits, Interactive key, Olisthopus, Orthotrichus, Phenology, Power of dispersal, Winter ponds, Xper3
  • Ecosystems Research