Oxypleurus nodieri Mulsant, 1839


Oxypleurus nodieri
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing Michal Hoskovec]

Oxypleurus nodieri is a rare Mediterranean longhorn beetle associated with a variety of pines [✮][✳]. The larvae feed in recently dead branches and pupate in shallow pupal cells built in sapwood. The adults are nocturnal and can be found early in the spring. The species has been described from France by Étienne Mulsant in 1839 [❖]. Morphology of genus Oxypleurus has been well described by Petr Švácha and John F. Lawrence in 2014 [✧].

Body length:11 - 16 mm
Life cycle:2 and more years
Adults in:April - December
Host plant:dead wood of pines (Pinus halepensis, nigra, pinaster etc.)
Distribution:whole Mediterranean area

The mounted specimens were reared by David Navrátil from larvae feeding in dead pines collected in: ♂ - Mount Srđ (375 m a.s.l., Dubrovník environs, Dubrovnik-Neretva county, Croatia) in July, ♀ - Bosquede la Esperanza environs (1685 m a.s.l., NE Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain) on June 26, 2019 together with larvae of Arhopalus pinetorum (Wollaston, 1863) and Arhopalus syriacus (Reitter, 1895). The depicted living beetle was collected in NW Spain by M.Rejzek.

Mulsant E.:
Histoire Naturelle des Coléoptères de France. Longicornes.
Paris, Maison: vii-xii + 304 pp [pages 57-58], 1839. [download pdf icon]

Teocchi P.:
Les points obscurs de la bionomie d'Oxypleurus nodieri [Col. Cerambycidae Aseminae].
L'Entomologiste 31 (4-5): 149-153, 1975. [download pdf icon]

Trócoli S.:
Actualización del catálogo de Longicornios de Marruecos Actualisation du catalogue des Longicornes du Maroc (Parte I / Partie I : Prioninae, Aseminae, Saphaninae).
Revue de l'Association Roussillonnaise d'Entomologie 27 (3): 130-140, 2018. [download pdf icon]

Švácha P. and Lawrence J.F.:
Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera. Volume 3: Morphology and Systematics (Phytophaga). 2.4 Cerambycidae Latreille, 1802
In Walter de Gruyter, Handbook of Zoology 3: i-xii (Richard A.B. Leschen & Rolf G. Beutel, Eds.), 676pp [pages 77-177], 2014. [download pdf icon]

Oxypleurus nodieri
Oxypleurus nodieri
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

SubfamiliaSpondylidinae Audinet-Serville, 1832
TribusSaphanini Gistel, 1856
GenusOxypleurus Mulsant, 1839
SpeciesOxypleurus nodieri Mulsant, 1839