Discovery of mysterious Pakistatyrus in Tibet (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae)
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 62(1): 129-135, 2022
Published online: 11th July 2022
Abstract: The monotypic genus Pakistatyrus Hlaváč, 2006 of the tribe Tyrini
(Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae) previously contained a single species described
based on two museum specimens found in northern Pakistan. Here I describe P.
inconspicuus sp. nov. from a high-altitude area of Tibet. This species differs
from P. ater Hlaváč, 2006 in reddish-brown coloration of the body, simple
male antennae and metatibiae, and a much broader median lobe of the aedeagus.
Both known species are probably locally endemic and have limited dispersal
abilities, suggested by their greatly reduced elytra and lack of functional
wings. A record of a second species from Tibet, which is represented by a
female, is given.
Key words: Coleoptera, Staphylinoidea, Tyrini, endemism, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China