Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE / Tribus: TRACHYDERINI
[Photo © P.Jelínek & M.Hoskovec]
Purpuricenus zarudnianus, from South-Eastern Iran and Pakistan, resembles the Southern-European taxon Purpuricenus desfontainii, but the pronotum shape and the red-coloured abdominal sternites are typical for the ‘wachanrui’ group. We do not know the host plant, adult beetles have usually been observed on a blossoming Tamarix growing in habitats characterised by a very poor supply of food sources. This rare and little-known species has been described from South-Eastern Iran by Andrej Petrovitsch Semenov Tian-Shanskij in 1903 [✧].
Body length: 10 - 23 mm Life cycle: 2 - 3 years Adults in: May - June Host plant: Tamarix (?) [❖] Distribution: Iran, Pakistan
The depicted beetles were collected on blossoming desert shrubs near Sirjan (Sirjan County, Kerman Province, SE Iran) on May 16, 2019.
Collected by P.Jelínek
Semenov Tian-Shanskij A. P.:
De nova Purupuriceni specie e Persia austro-orientali (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Revue Russe d'Entomologie, Saint-Petersbourg 3: 358-359, 1903. [download ]
Íránští tesaříci rodu Purpuricenus / Iranian Longhorn Beetles of the Genus Purpuricenus.
Živa 1: 28-30, 2013. [download ]
Purpuricenus zarudnianus ♀ [Photo © P.Jelínek]
Purpuricenus zarudnianus ♂ [Photo © P.Jelínek]
|Subfamilia||Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802|
|Tribus||Trachyderini Dupont, 1836|
|Genus||Purpuricenus Dejean, 1821|
|Species||Purpuricenus zarudnianus Semenov, 1903|