Apomecyna lameerei (Pic, 1895)
[= Eurycotyle Lamecrei Pic, 1895]
[= Apomecyna arabica Breuning, 1938]
[= Apomecyna mateui Breuning, 1953]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: APOMECYNINI

Apomecyna lameerei

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing Michal Hoskovec]

Apomecyna lameerei, a species widespread in desert regions from Pakistan westward to Mauritania, has been described as Eurycotyle Lamecrei (misspelled Lamereei) from "Arabie" by Maurice Pic in 1895 [❖]. Thanks to the confusion with Apomecyna binubila (Pascoe, 1858), the true distribution of this interesting taxon needs verification, especially in Maghreb countries. Larval development in stems and roots of desert gourd (Citrullus colocynthis) [▽].

Body length:10 - 11 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:desert gourd (Citrullus colocynthis)
Distribution:Egypt, Marocco, Arab Emirate, Egypt-Sinai, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania

The depicted beetles were reared from larvae found in Citrullus colocynthis in Ḩājjīābād (حاجی‌آباد) environs (Hajjiabad county, Hormozgan porovince, Iran) on May 15, 2018.

Collected by Lukáš Skořepa

Pic M.:
Longicornes de la collection H. Tournier.
L'Échange, Revue Linnéenne 11 (127): 75-78, 1895. [download pdf icon]

Rapuzzi P. and Sama G.:
Preliminary report on a recent survey of the Egyptian Cerambycidae, with description of three new species (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 23: 179-194, 2006. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusApomecynini J. Thomson, 1860
GenusApomecyna Dejean, 1821
SpeciesApomecyna lameerei (Pic, 1895)