Purpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
ssp. nabateus Sama, 1999
[= Purpuricenus nabateus Sama, 1999; ❖]

Purpuricenus interscapillatus nabateus
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Purpuricenus interscapillatus nabateus, a subspecies endemic to Jordan where it inhabits mountainous ranges with shrubby oak in which it also develops, was originally described by Gianfranco Sama [✧] as separate species. This southernmost population of P. interscapillatus is characterized by the very small and short black spot on elytra.

Body length:12 - 18 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May and June
Host plant:Quercus calliprinos, Crataegus azarolus and Rhamnus sp.
Distribution:an endemic species to Jordan

The female specimen in the pictures was recorded by M.Rejzek in South Jordan.

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]

Sama G.:
Cérambycides nouveaux de la faune de Jordanie (Coleoptera : Cerambycidae).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 15 (2): 175-182, 1999.

Purpuricenus interscapillatus nabateus
Purpuricenus interscapillatus nabateus
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Trachyderini Dupont, 1836
Genus: Purpuricenus Dejean, 1821
Species: Purpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
Subspecies: Purpuricenus interscapillatus nabateus Sama, 1999