Psilotarsus hirticollis Motschulsky, 1860
ssp. hirticollis Motschulsky, 1860

Subfamilia: PRIONINAE  /  Tribus: PRIONINI
Psilotarsus hirticollis hirticollis
[Photo © David David Navrátil and Lech Kruszelnicki]

Psilotarsus hirticollis hirticollis, a species occuring in South Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, has been described from Trans-Ili Alatau Mts. (Kazakhstan) by Victor Ivanovitsch Motschulsky in 1860 [▽]. Biology of P. hirticollis hirticollis is not well known, but larvae develop in the soil probably on the roots of desert herbs and shrubs (Taraxacum, Capparis, etc.) [★].

Body length:♂♂ 27 - 40 mm / ♀♀ 27 - 50 mm
Life cycle:at least 3 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:inadequately known, probably polyphagous on roots of desert herbs and shrubs (Taraxacum, Capparis, etc.)
Distribution:Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

The all depicted mounted beetles were collected in Kazakhstan, the first male from the left in Abai village environs (Keles river valley, Shymkent region, Kazakhstan) on May 11, 2001 by Mikhail Danilevsky.

Motschulsky V.I.:
Coléoptères rapportés en 1859 par M. Sévertsef des Steppes méridionales des Kirghises, et énumérés par V. de Motschulsky.
Bulletin de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences de Saint-Petersbourg 2: 408-448, 1860.

Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow 1: 522pp [pages 55-56], 2014. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Review of genus Psilotarsus Motschulsky, 1860, stat. Rest. (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Prioninae).
Les Cahiers Magellanes 3: 1-34, 2000. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaPrioninae Latreille, 1802
TribusPrionini Latreille, 1802
GenusPsilotarsus Motschulsky, 1860
SpeciesPsilotarsus hirticollis Motschulsky, 1860
SubspeciesPsilotarsus hirticollis hirticollis Motschulsky, 1860