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Revision of French and Corsican Species of the Genus Asida Latreille, 1802 (Insecta: Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)

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The tenebrionid genus Asida Latreille, 1802 is revised for the French fauna. An important voucher material is studied from 13 European institutions and 46 private personal collections. For each species, systematic, taxonomic, and ecological notes, as well as photographs of the habitus are provided. Distribution maps, an updated catalogue, and an illustrated key to species and subspecies, are also given. New synonym: Asida dejeanii Solier, 1836 = Asida detrita Rey, 1892, syn. nov. Confirmed synonymies: Asida dejeanii Solier, 1836 = Asida dejeani var. crispata Rey, 1892; Asida dejeanii Solier, 1836 = Asida dejeani var. sinuans Rey, 1892; Asida sabulosa Fuessly, 1775 = Asida grisea var. glabricosta Solier, 1836; Asida sabulosa Fuessly, 1775 = Asida vicina Solier, 1836; Asida sabulosa Fuessly, 1775 = Asida insidiosa Mulsant, 1854; Asida jurinei Solier, 1836 = Asida bigorrensis Solier, 1836. Two new species are described from Corsica: Asida christinae sp. nov., Asida coachei sp. nov. New taxonomic status: Asida lepidoptera Allard, 1868 is downgraded to A. carinata ssp. lepidoptera Allard, 1868 (= squamigera Reitter, 1917), stat. nov. Asida carinata var. devillei Leoni, 1909 is raised to A. devillei Leoni, 1909, stat. nov. Asida dejeanii var. massiliensis Baudi di Selve, 1875 is raised to A. massiliensis Baudi di Selve, 1875, stat. nov. Revised taxonomic status: Asida ligurica Baudi di Selve, 1875 and A. marmottani Brisout de Barneville, 1863 are recognised bonae species. New faunistic records: Asida ligurica Baudi di Selve, 1875 is recorded for the first time in SE France, Alpes-Maritimes. Asida schusteri Reitter, 1917 is recorded for the first time in Italy, N Sardinia. Lectotype designations: Asida bayardi var. ligurica Baudi di Selve, 1875; A. carinata Solier, 1836; A. dejeanii Solier, 1836; A. dejeani var. crispata Rey, 1892; A. dejeani var. sinuans Rey, 1892; A. dejeanii var. massiliensis Baudi di Selve, 1875; A. genei Solier, 1836; A. grisea var. glabricosta Solier, 1836; A. jurinei Solier, 1836; A. jurinei var. pyrenaea Baudi di Selve, 1875; A. lepidoptera Allard, 1868; A. longicollis Solier, 1836; A. marmottani Brisout de Barneville, 1863; A. reticulata Solier, 1836; A. vicina Solier, 1836. Neotype designation: Asida carinata var. devillei Leoni, 1909.
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Keywords: ASIDA; COLEOPTERA; CORSICA; FRANCE; GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION; INSECTA; SYSTEMATICS; TAXONOMY; TENEBRIONIDAE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 2005

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