Barytarbodes Aubert, 1996

Taxonomic History / Nomenclature
Barytarbodes Aubert, 1996: 40. Type species: Barytarbodes turcator Aubert, 1996. Original designation.
The genus contains two species originally included by Aubert (1996): Barytarbodes turcator Aubert from Turkey and Barytarbodes tenebrator (Aubert, 1987), also known only from Turkey.
Diagnosis and Relationships
Barytarbodes was described by Aubert (1996) for two closely similar species that he considered to fall outside the limits of Barytarbes s.s. Differences cited by Aubert (1996) include finely mat and punctate sculpture of the face, propodeum, and base of metasoma. with T1 shagreened and without carinae except for the portion of the dorsal-lateral carina extending from the spiracle to the apex of T1. The clypeus is apparently very short, though otherwise seems to fall within the variation observed in Barytarbes. Aubert (1996) also notes that the propodeum (which he calls the metathorax) is characteristic, consisting of well-developed spurs of the lateral longitudinal carinae extending anteriorly from the posterior margin. He also notes that in deflected light, traces of two irregular, parallel, longitudinal striae medially that are uncharacteristic of Barytarbes.
No referenced distribution records have been added to the database for this OTU.

There are no specimens currently determined for this OTU, or those specimens determined for this OTU are not yet mappable.

This page was assembled by Bob Wharton as part of a larger collaborative effort on the genera of Ctenopelmatinae. Page last updated May, 2015.

This work would not have been possible without the groundwork provided by Ian Gauld’s study of the Australian and Costa Rican faunas, and we are particularly grateful for his assistance in many aspects of this study. Matt Yoder provided considerable assistance with databasing issues, and our use of PURLs ( in this regard follows the example of their use in publications by Norm Johnson. Heather Cummins, Caitlin Nessner, and Mika Cameron graciously assisted with formatting, and literature retrieval. This study was supported by the National Science Foundation’s PEET program under Grant No. DEB 0328922 and associated REU supplement #s DEB 0723663 and 0923134.

This material is based upon work at Texas A&M University supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DEB 0328922 with REU supplements DEB 0723663 and 0923134. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.