Microarthron komaroffi (Dohrn, 1885)

Subfamilia: PRIONINAE  /  Tribus: PRIONINI
Microarthron komaroffi
[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov, www.zin.ru]

Microarthron komaroffi, an interesting member of Prionini tribe distributed in Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Kazakhstan), has been described as Polyarthron Komaroffi from Turkmenistan by Carl August Dohrn in 1885 [▽]. Larvae of M. komaroffi, species which inhabits arid habitats in Central Asia, develop in roots of many desert and semidesert plants (Eremosparton, Peganum harmala, Haloxylon, Ephedra, Salsola richteri etc.). Adults are active from June to September with peak in in the end of August. Males can be attracted by light [❖].

Body length:♂♂ 9 - 25 mm / ♀♀ 15 - 44 mm
Life cycle:at least 3 years
Adults in:June and September
Host plant:polyphagous in roots of desert and semidesert plants (Eremosparton, Peganum, Haloxylon, Ephedra, Salsola etc.)
Distribution:Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Kazakhstan

The depicted beetle (♂ 21mm) was captured in Uchqizil (Учқизил) environs (N37°21′56″ E67°17′03″; Termiz district, Surxondaryo region, Uzbekistan) on September 9, 2017.

Collected by Yuri Arzanov

Dohrn C.A.:
Stettiner Entomologische Zeitung 46 (1-3): 62-64, 1885. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Moscow: Higher School Consulting 1: 1-522, 36 pls., 2014. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaPrioninae Latreille, 1802
TribusPrionini Latreille, 1802
GenusMicroarthron Pic, 1900
SpeciesMicroarthron komaroffi