Phytoecia (Kalashania) truncatipennis Pic, 1919

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: PHYTOECIINI

Phytoecia truncatipennis
[Photo © P.Jelínek]

Phytoecia truncatipennis
[Photo © P.Jelínek]

Body length:9 - 13 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Ferula spp., Prangos spp.
Distribution:endemic to Iran

Depicted beetles were collected on the host plant 11 km SE of Serow (سرو‎; 1950 m; Urmia county, West Azerbaijan, Iran) on May 29, 2018.

Collected by P.Jelínek

Kalashania Danilevsky, subgen. nov. of Phytoecia Dejean, 1835. Type species: Phytoecia erivanica Reitter, 1899. This subgenus differs from Phytoecia s. str., by the first antennal segment distinctly impressed near apex, similar to that in Conizonia Fairmaire, 1864. It differs from the latter by the thin, long antennae with long fourth antennal segment. Kalashania includes, in addition to the type species, Phytoecia pici Reitter, 1892 and P. truncatipennis Pic, 1919. These three species were traditionally placed in Semiangusta Pic, l892, considered either as a valid subgenus of Conizonia, or a valid genus (Plavilstshikov, 1948), a subgenus of Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Lobanov & al., 1982, Danilevsky & Miroshnikov, 1985), or a synonym of Phytoecia (Breuning, 1951, 1966). Currently, Semiangusta is used as at valid genus. It was fixed by Sama and Rejzek (2002) who designated Conizonia delagrangei Pic, 1891 as its type species. The act led to exclusion of Phytoecia erivanica, P. pici and P. truncatipennis from Semiangusta, because of the distinctive shape of the apical abdominal segment. Thus, these three species became unplaced within the Phyteciini and it was necessary to establish for them a new genus-group taxon. [excerpted from ❖]

Löbl I. & Smetana A.:
Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Volume 6 Chrysomeloidea.
I. Löbl & A. Smetana editors, Apollo books, Stenstrup 6: 1-924, 2010.

Phytoecia truncatipennis
Phytoecia truncatipennis
[Photo © P.Jelínek]

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Phytoeciini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Phytoecia Dejean, 1835
Subgenus: Kalashania Danilevsky, 2010
Species: Phytoecia (Kalashania) truncatipennis Pic, 1919