Alosimus smyrnensis Maran, 1942
Common names: Izmir’s Oil Beetle [En], İzmir Yakı Böceği [Tu]
Pamukkale, DENİZLİ ● Turkey
Description: Body black, covered with hairs; however the hairs of head and pronotum are longer than elytra. Pronotum red, subrounded, much wider than length, never with two black rounded spots.
Elytra blue- green metallic. Length 6-20 mm. Head black without distinguished metallic reflection, with a small frontal red spot. Temples approximately 1 ½ of longitudinal diameter of eye, increased externally and rounded off behind with maximum width in front . Vertex wide and depressed. Antenna 11 segmented. Pronotum with a wide depression on the middle and the base. Pronotum punctuated with small but not deep spots. Aedeagus in dorsal view with fallobase and parameres.
Paramer lobes covered by dispersed hairs. Females are different in antenna. Outer border of middle tibiae neither depressed nor densely setose; posterior femor larger than middle ones.
At least 10 species of the genus Alosimus has been reported from Turkey.
Distribution: Asia Minor, Greece (Parnassus), Rhodes, ; Iran. Very common in Aegean Region of Turkey.
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Göçmen B. Additional photos and notes about Alosimus smyrnensis