Subfamilia: LAMIINAE / Tribus: PHRISSOMINI
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]
Morimus funereus, an endemic Slovakian species from the Morimus asper species-cluster, was described from East Slovakia by Mikhail Danilevsky in 2015.
Body length: 16 - 38 mm Life cycle: several years Adults in: April - August Host plant: polyphagous in deciduous trees (Fagus, Populus, Tilia, Acer, Salix, Carpinus, Quercus etc.) Distribution: endemic species to Slovakia
The taxonomic status of Euro-Anatolian Morimus species is unclear, but the recent [✧] and by presented data very well supported work of Emanuaela Solano et al. says:
"The genetic variability among Euro-Anatolian Morimus populations and the geographical structure suggest that they can not be ascribed to the currently accepted five W Palaearctic Morimus species and may actually represent a single, genetically and morphologically variable biological species (M. asper), highlighting the necessity of an extended taxonomical revision."
The existence of only one, very variable M. asper taxon, is supported also by authors of this site. Morimus gabzdili particularly requires increased taxonomic attention. But until well done complex and deep revision (not only morfometric!) of the Morimus genus, the traditional division to several taxa will be preserved here.
Morimus gabzdili, like its sister species, is a crepuscular/nocturnal species but also can be found hiding in piles of cordwood or sitting on stumps even during the day. The depicted mounted beetles were collected in Velké Kapušany environs (type locality - N48°31′9″ E22°2′52″, 106 m a.s.l., Košice region, East Slovakia) on April 2, 2014. Living beetle was photographed in the same locality on May 6, 2018.
Collected by Ondřej Sabol and photographed by Daniel Rydzi
A new species of the genus Morimus Brullé, 1832 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) from Central Europe. .
Humanity Space International Almanac 4 (2): 215-219, 2015. [download ]
Solano E., Mancini E., Ciucci P., Mason F., Audisio P., Antonini G.:
The EU protected taxon Morimus funereus Mulsant, 1862 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) and its western Palaearctic allies: systematics and conservation outcomes.
Conservation Genetics 14: 683–694, 2013. [download ]
Poznámky k výskytu čtyř druhů tesaříků ve Střední Evropě (Notes on the occurrence of four cerambycid beetles in Central Europe).
Entomofauna carpathica 29 (2): 58-62, 2017. [download ]
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
|Subfamilia||Lamiinae Latreille, 1825|
|Tribus||Phrissomini Thomson, 1860|
|Genus||Morimus Brullé, 1832|
|Subspecies||Morimus gabzdili Danilevsky, 2015|