Purpuricenus zarudnianus Semenov, 1903

Purpuricenus zarudnianus
[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 pdf icon]

Simandl J.:
Íránští tesaříci rodu Purpuricenus / Iranian Longhorn Beetles of the Genus Purpuricenus.
Živa 1: 28-30, 2013. [download pdf icon]

Purpuricenus zarudnianus
Purpuricenus zarudnianus
Purpuricenus zarudnianus[Photo © P.Jelínek]
Purpuricenus zarudnianus
Purpuricenus zarudnianus
Purpuricenus zarudnianus[Photo © P.Jelínek]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusTrachyderini Dupont, 1836
GenusPurpuricenus Dejean, 1821
SpeciesPurpuricenus zarudnianus Semenov, 1903