Anthracocentrus rugiceps (Gahan, 1894)
[= Acanthophorus rugiceps (Gahan, 1894)]

Anthracocentrus rugiceps

[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

This impressive beetle, described from India by Charles Joseph Gahan in 1884 [▽], is a nocturnal insect and in Iran it occurs in the Nubo-Sindian desert and semi-desert confined to the lowlands around the Persian Gulf. The species occurs also in India and Pakistan. The biology and WP-distribution of this remarkable species was described in detail by Martin Rejzek et al. in 2005 [✧].

Body length:45 - 87 mm
Life cycle:unknown
Adults in:March - August
Host plant:Acacia
Distribution:Iran, India, Pakistan

The mounted beetles were collected by a local collector in Mithi environs (Deplo, Tharparkar District, Sindh province, SE Pakistan) in June, 2009. The depicted living beetles were captured in Ḩasan Langī-ye Bālā village (حسن لنگي بالا) environs (155 m a.s.l., Bandar Abbas county, Hormozgān province, South Iran) on July 17-19, 2004 by Martin Rejzek.

Gahan Ch.J.:
Descriptions of some new Species of Prionidæ.
The Annals and Magazine of Natural History, London 14 (6): 221-227, 1894. [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]

Anthracocentrus rugiceps - male
Anthracocentrus rugiceps[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Anthracocentrus rugiceps - female
Anthracocentrus rugiceps - female
Anthracocentrus rugiceps[Photo © M.Rejzek]

SubfamiliaPrioninae Latreille, 1802
TribusAcanthophorini Thomson, 1864
GenusAnthracocentrus Quentin et Villiers, 1983
SpeciesAnthracocentrus rugiceps (Gahan, 1894)