Psilotarsus hirticollis Motschulsky, 1860
ssp. auliensis Danilevsky, 2000

Subfamilia: PRIONINAE  /  Tribus: PRIONINI
Psilotarsus hirticollis auliensis
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Psilotarsus hirticollis, a species occuring in forer Soviet central Asian republics, has been described from Trans-Ili Alatau Mts. (Kazakhstan) by Victor Ivanovitsch Motschulsky in 1860 [▽]. Its subspecies, Psilotarsus hirticollis auliensis, distributed from Taraz environs (Kazakhstan) to Kara-Balta environs (Kirgizia) and further eastwards to Bishkek environs, was described according to specimen from Taraz (earlier Aulie-Ata; collected in 1899) by Mikhail Danilevsky in 2000 [❖]. Biology of P. hirticollis auliensis is not known, but larvae develop in the soil probably on the roots of desert herbs and shrubs.

Body length:♂♂ 26.5 - 35.6 mm / ♀♀ 36.8 - 41.4 mm
Life cycle:at least 3 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:inadequately known, probably polyphagous on roots of desert herbs and shrubs
Distribution:Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan [✧]

The depicted mounted beetles were collected in Kyrgyzstan.

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

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

Danilevsky M.L.:
Taxonomy notes on Palaearctic Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) with descriptions of several new taxa.
Humanity Space International Almanac 8 (2): 79-100, 2019. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaPrioninae Latreille, 1802
TribusPrionini Latreille, 1802
GenusPsilotarsus Motschulsky, 1860
SpeciesPsilotarsus hirticollis Motschulsky, 1860
SubspeciesPsilotarsus hirticollis auliensis Danilevsky, 2000