Pogonocherus (Pogonocherus) pepa Verdugo & Torres-Méndez, 2010

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: POGONOCHERINI
Pogonocherus pepa

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Pogonocherus (Pogonocherus) pepa, a species with Baetic-Maghrebian distribution, has been described from Los Barrios (Cádiz, Spain) and North Morocco by Páez Antonio Verdugo and José Luis Torres-Méndez in 2010 [❖]. P. pepa can be distinguished from the sister species, P. hispidus (Linnaeus, 1758), by the lateral spines of the pronotum, which are basally wider and blunter and by the shape of apical pit of the terminal sternite of females. Larvae develop in dead twigs/stems (prefer diameter 1 - 2 cm) of deciduous trees and shrubs.

Body length:6 - 8 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:March - October
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees/shrubs (Quercus, Hedera, Oleander, Rubus)
Distribution:South Spain, North Morroco

The depicted beetle was collected in Arroyo Valdeinfierno (156 m a.s.l., Los Barrios, Campo de Gibraltar, Cádiz province, Andalusia, Spain) on October 22, 2012.

Collected by Páez Antonio Verdugo

Verdugo P.A. and Torres-Méndez J.L.:
Pogonocherus pepa sp. n., nuevo cerambícido béticomagrebi (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae).
Boletín de la Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa 46: 109-113, 2010. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusPogonocherini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPogonocherus Dejean, 1821
SubgenusPogonocherus Dejean, 1821
SpeciesPogonocherus (Pogonocherus) pepa Verdugo & Torres-Méndez, 2010