Anthracocentrus arabicus (Thomson, 1877)
[= Acanthophorus arabicus (Thomson, 1877)]


Anthracocentrus arabicus
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Anthracocentrus arabicus, a species distributed in Arabian peninsula, Near East and North Africa, has been decribed from "Arabia" as Tithoes arabicus by James Thompson in 1877 [▽]. The biology of this remarkable species was described in detail by Martin Rejzek et al. in 2005 [✧] and also in paper by Oz Rittner in 2017 [❖].

Body length:28 - 95 mm
Life cycle:several years
Adults in:June - October
Host plant:Tamarix spp., Prosopis cineraria, Acacia spp., Senegalia senegal, Tipuana tipu [❖]
Distribution:Algeria, Morocco, Eypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia

The depicted male beetle was collected in United Arab Emirates.

Thomson T.:
Typi cerambycidarum musei Thomsoniani.
Revue et Magasin de Zoologie, Paris (3) 5 (40): 249-279, 1877. [download pdf icon]

Rejzek M., Gillett C.P.D.T., Drumont A. & Gillett M.P.T.:
On the distribution and biology of the genus Anthracocentrus Quentin & Villiers, 1983 in the Persian Gulf Region (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Prioninae).
Lambillionea 105 (3) 1: 353-369, 2005. [download pdf icon]

Rittner O.:
Observational notes on populations of Anthracocentrus arabicus (Thomson, 1877) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in Israel and a new host record.
Israel Journal of Entomology 47: 97-101, 2017. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaPrioninae Latreille, 1802
TribusAcanthophorini Thomson, 1864
GenusAnthracocentrus Quentin et Villiers, 1983
SpeciesAnthracocentrus arabicus (Thomson, 1877)