Leiopus (Leiopus) linnei Wallin, Nýlander & Kvamme, 2009

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: ACANTHOCININI
Leiopus linnei
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Leiopus linnei, described by Henrik Wallin, Ulf Nylander and Torstein Kvamme in 2009 [❖], is in Europe sibling species to well known and highly variable Leiopus nebulosus (Linnaeus, 1758). Both species differ in combination of characters, including the male genitalia and female spermathecae. Leiopus linnei appears to be common in central Europe and is here also probably more anbundant then L. nebulosus, which is predominantly recorded from coastal areas of Europe.

Body length: ♂♂ 5.0–9.2 mm / ♀♀ 6.4–9.5 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Fagus, Quercus, Carpinus, Juglans, Acer, Ulmus, Betula, Salix, Prunus)
Distribution:Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine

The first depicted beetle was collected on oak logs in Zbečno (Central Bohemia, Czechia), the second one was reared from larva found in dead poplar in Mušov (South Moravia, Czechia).

Collected by M.Hoskovec and P.Jelínek

Wallin H., Nylander U. and Kvamme T.:
Two sibling species of Leiopus Audinet-Serville, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from Europe: L. nebulosus (Linnaeus, 1758) and L. linnei sp. nov.
Zootaxa 2010: 31-45, 2009. [download pdf icon]

Leiopus linnei
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]
Leiopus linnei
Leiopus linnei
[Photo © P.Jelínek]

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Acanthocinini Blanchard, 1845
Genus: Leiopus Audinet-Serville, 1835
Species: Leiopus (Leiopus) linnei Wallin, Nýlander & Kvamme, 2009