Purpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
ssp. sasanus Kadlec, 2006
[= Purpuricenus sasanus Kadlec, 2006]

Purpuricenus interscapillatus sasanus
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Purpuricenus interscapillatus sasanus, a subspecies [❖] known from Zagros Mountains in Central-West Iran and distributed also in Eastern Iraq, was originally described by Stanislav Kadlec [✧] as separate species. Purpuricenus interscapillatus sasanus, well characterized for the small body, the long black spot on the middle of elytra and for the largely black shoulders, represents the easternmost subspecies of P. interscapillatus. The beetle oviposits on living terminal twigs of Acer monspessulanum cinerascens. The larva girdles the twig to interrupt flow of sap and develops in the dead part of the twig.

Body length:10 - 18 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:June and July
Host plant:Acer monspessulanum cinerascens
Distribution:Iran, Iraq

The specimen in the pictures was recorded in Lorestan province, Iran.

Collected by M. Rejzek

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]

Kadlec S.:
Two new Cerambycid species from Kazakhstan and Iran (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Animma.x 12: 1-7, 2006.

Purpuricenus interscapillatus sasanus
[Photo © M.Rejzek]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Trachyderini Dupont, 1836
Genus: Purpuricenus Dejean, 1821
Species: Purpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
Subspecies: Purpuricenus interscapillatus sasanus Kadlec, 2006