Evaluations of Turkish soldier beetle (Coleoptera: Cantharidae) fauna from the zoogeographical perspective

Özdemir M., Kabalak M.

TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY, vol.148, no.2, pp.309-334, 2022 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 148 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.3157/061.148.0207
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.309-334
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, zoogeographic evaluations of the Turkish Cantharidae family were performed. In this
context, the faunistic similarities between the geographical regions of Turkey, Turkey- neighbor countries,
and the Turkey-Subregions of the Palaearctic region were compared. According to current literature, the
Turkish fauna of the Cantharidae is composed of two subfamilies, 15 genera, and 254 species (of which 167
are endemic species). The Mediterranean region has the most species (106 species) and the most endemic
species (74 species). The highest similarity is found between the Central Anatolian and Aegean regions
Cantharis livida Linnaeus, 1758 is distributed in all Turkey geographical regions. The Turkish
cantharid fauna is more similar to that of Iran than other neighboring countries when comparing subregions
of the Palaearctic region. The Cantharidae fauna of Turkey showed the most similarity to the fauna of the
Middle East with a rate of 55.2%.