Rediscovery of Carabus (Hygrocarabus) variolosus nodulosus Creutzer, 1799 on Shar Planina Mt.
Keywords:Ground beetles, Carabus variolosus nodulosus, biogeography, taxonomy, EU Habitats Directive
This paper presents records of the rediscovery of Carabus (Hygrocarabus) variolosus nodulosus Creutzer, 1799 in Shar Planina Mt. (Ljuboten massif) after almost 100 years (North Macedonia and Kosovo). The taxonomic status, habitat preference, biogeography and conservation status are discussed. The species was found along small brooks in a beech forest landscape which falls well into the habitat-preference model of the species. The population on Shar Planina is very isolated (100 km from the nearest populations on the Balkan Peninsula) and it is most probably a product of the latest glaciation.
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