Neoplocaederus caroli (Leprieur, 1876)
[= Plocaederus caroli Leprieur, 1876]

Neoplocaederus caroli
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Neoplocaederus caroli, an endemic species to Sahara desert (known from Libya, Ageria, Mauritania, Morocco and Western Sahara), has been described from Hodna Mts. (Algeria) as Plocæderus Caroli by Charles Eugène Leprieur in 1876 [★]. N. caroli larvae feed on Tamarix roots, moving freely in soil where also pupate in calcareous cocoons. Adults, active from early March to May, are crepuscular or nocturnal and can be found on the host plants or attracted to light [❖].

Body length:27 - 44 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:March - May
Host plant:Tamarix roots
Distribution:Libya, Ageria, Mauritania, Morocco and Western Sahara

Depicted beetles were collected in Merzouga (مرزوقة) village environs (Errachidia province, Drâa-Tafilalet region, SE Morocco) on May 1-4, 2014

Collected by M. Fiala

Leprieur Ch. E.:
Séance du 12 Janvier 1876. Communication de M. C.-E. Leprieur.
Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France, Paris: viii-ix. 1876. [download pdf icon]

Sama G., Ringenbach, J.-C. and Rejzek M.:
A preliminary survey of the Cerambycidae of Lybia (Coleoptera).
Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 110 (4/5): 439-454, 2005. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Note préliminaire pour une faune des longicornes de l'Afrique du Nord. Synonymies, désignations de types (Coleoptera : Cerambycidae).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 16 (1-2) [1999]: 79-100, 2000. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Note sulla nomenclatura dei Cerambycidae della Regione mediterranea (Coleoptera).
Bolletino della Società Entomologica Italiana, Genova 123 (2): 121-128, 1991. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCerambycini Latreille, 1804
GenusNeoplocaederus Sama, 1991
SpeciesNeoplocaederus caroli (Leprieur, 1876)