Zoodes compressus (Fabricius, 1787)
[= Gnatholea soraya Breuning & Villiers, 1974]

Zoodes compressus
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Zoodes compressus is widespread from Thailand and India through South Iran to Arabian Peninula. Single male specimen of this species from Iran has been mistakenly described again under name Gnatholea soraya by Breuning and Villiers in 1974 [❖]. Host plant was unknown for a long time but Gianfranco Sama reported [✧] finding of one dead adult under the loose bark of a dead Mango tree (Mangifera indica) with some larvae (one specimen emerged) feeding on a dead branch of the same plant (Minab, E of Bandar-e 'Abbās, S Iran).

Body length:15 - 25 mm
Life cycle:unknown
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:Mangifera indica
Distribution:Iran, India, Tibet, Afghanistan, Arabian peninsula

The depicted beetles were collected in Ḩasan Langī-ye Bālā / حسن لنگي بالا‎‎ (62 km E Bandar-e 'Abbās, Hormozgan province, South Iran).

Collected by M.Rejzek

Breuning S. and Villiers A.:
Trois nouveaux Longicornes d'Iran.
L'Entomologiste, Paris 30 (3): 131-133, 1974.

Sama G.:
Preliminary report on the Cerambycidae of the United Arab Emirates, with the description of a new species belonging to a new subgenus (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderno di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 23: 173-178, 2006. [download pdf icon]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Hesperophanini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Zoodes Pascoe, 1867
Species: Zoodes compressus (Fabricius, 1787)