Distribution and biology of the ground beetle Carabus (Damaster) blaptoides rugipennis on Kunashir island, Kurile islands, Russia

Kirill V. Makarov, Yuri N. Sundukov
2016 Nature Conservation Research: Zapovednaâ Nauka  
Based on long-term observations, Carabus blaptoides rugipennis is a polytopic, little specialized malacophagous subspecies widespread across Kunashir Island, Kuriles. Its reproduction pattern is autumnal-summer, with low fertility, two larval instars, and hibernation as larvae and adults. The insular population is characterized by considerable variability, sometimes comparable to differences between subspecies. A new synonym is established: Carabus (Damaster) blaptoides rugipennis (Motschulsky,
more » ... ennis (Motschulsky, 1861) = Carabus (Damaster) blaptoides simushirensis Obydov, 2008, syn. nov. At present there is no direct threat of an abundance drop of this species in the Kurile Islands.
doi:10.24189/ncr.2016.026 fatcat:rgaggl56zjeenezutlm5ghq63a