Schurmannia sicula Sama, 1979
[= Alocerus siculus (Sama, 1979)]


Schurmannia sicula
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec]

Schurmannia sicula, very rare and interesting endemic species to Sicily (Madonie mountain range), was described by Gianfranco Sama in 1979 [❖]. Schurmania develops in maple (Acer), larvae infest dead parts of living trunks and feed in the wood that has contact with the living tissue, also in dead branches. Life cycle is 2 or 3 years, with pupation in spring in the wood.

Body length:5.5 - 14 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:Acer
Distribution:endemic species to Sicily (Madonie)

The depicted beetles were reared from larvae found in Acer sp. in Piano Zucchi (1500 m a.s.l., Madonie Mts., Sicily, Italy).

Collected by M. Benelli and P. Rapuzzi

Sama G:
Schurmannia sicula n. gen. e n. sp. di Cerambycidae di Sicilia. Ricerche sulla fauna appenninica. CXXXVII
Bolletino del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona, 5 (4) [1978]: 369-379, 1979. [download pdf icon]

Baviera C., Bellavista M., Altadonna G., Turrisi G.F., Bella S., Muscarella C., Sparacio I.:
The Cerambycidae (Coleoptera: Chrysomeloidea) of Sicily: Recent records and updated checklist .
Atti della Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti - Classe di Scienze Fisiche, Matematiche e Naturali 95 (1): A2, 2017. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaSpondylidinae Audinet-Serville, 1832
TribusAnisarthrini Mamaev et Danilevsky, 1973
GenusSchurmannia Sama, 1979
SpeciesSchurmannia sicula Sama, 1979