Purpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
ssp. cypriensis Lazarev et Ambrus, 2021

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: TRACHYDERINI
Purpuricenus interscapillatus cypriensis
[Photo © David Navrátil]

Purpuricenus interscapillatus, a rare taxon occuring in Turkey and Near East, has been originally described from Asia Minor as Purpuricenus budensis v. humeralis by Maurice Pic in 1891 [✧]. But thanks to preoccupation of name humeralis, valid is name Purpuricenus budensis v. interscapillatus published first by Nikolai Nikolaevitch Plavilstshikov in 1937 [✳]. However, it is currently considered a separate species with many subspecies (Rapuzzi P. and Sama G., 2013 [❖]). P. interscapillatus cypriensis, an endemic subspecies to Cyprus, has been described from Pano Panagia environs (Paphos ditrict, Cyprus) by Maxim A. Lazarev and Richard Ambrus in 2021 [✮] P. interscapillatus cypriensis famales oviposit on living terminal twigs of Prunus amygdalus. The larvae girdle the twigs to interrupt flow of sap and develop in the dead part of the twigs.

Body length:11 - 17 mm
Life cycle:at least 2 years
Adults in:June
Host plant:probably polyphagous in deciduous trees, we have demonstrated development in the almond (Prunus amygdalus)
Distribution:an endemic subspecies to Cyprus


Depicted beetles were reared from larvae found in terminal twigs of Prunus amygdalus in Prodromi (Προδρόμι) environs (Paphos district, Cyprus) on April 15, 2022 (beetles emerged on June 9-11, 2022).

Collected by David Navrátil


[✧]
Pic M.:
Faune Franco-algérienne (variétés).
Matériaux pour servir à l'étude des Longicornes 1 (1): 1-50, 1891. [download pdf icon]

[✳]
Plavilstshikov N.N.:
Synonymische Bemerkungen über Cerambyciden (Coleoptera) IV.
Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstage von Professor Dr. Embrik Strand 3: 246-248, 1937.

[❖]
Rapuzzi P. and Sama G.:
Revision of the Purpuricenus interscapillatus species - group and allied taxa (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Fragmenta entomologica, Roma 45 (1-2): 143-171, 2013. [download pdf icon]

[✮]
Lazarev M.A. & Ambrus R.:
A new subspecies of Purpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) from Cyprus.
Humanity space International Almanac 10 (4): 507-512, 2021. [download pdf icon]



Purpuricenus interscapillatus cypriensis
Purpuricenus interscapillatus cypriensis
Purpuricenus interscapillatus cypriensis
Purpuricenus interscapillatus cypriensis
Purpuricenus interscapillatus cypriensis
Purpuricenus interscapillatus cypriensis
[Photo © David Navrátil]
Purpuricenus interscapillatus cypriensis
[Photo © David Navrátil]


 
SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusTrachyderini Dupont, 1836
GenusPurpuricenus Dejean, 1821
SpeciesPurpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
SubspeciesPurpuricenus interscapillatus cypriensis Lazarev et Ambrus, 2021