Axinopalpis alberti Sama, Rapuzzi & Kairouz, 2010

Axinopalpis alberti
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

Axinopalpis alberti, an endemic species to Lebanon, has been described from Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve (Lebanon) by Gianfranco Sama, Pierpaolo Rapuzzi and André Kairouz in 2010 [▽]. This interesting species differs from the sister taxon Axinopalpis gracilis (Krynicki, 1832) by a darker color (sometimes almost black), shorter legs and especially by the antennae shorter than the body in both sexes. Majority of known specimens have been reared from larvae found in twigs of Prunus ursina and Juglans regia, suggesting that the species is polyphagous. Larval and imaginal biology of this nocturnal beetle is similar to that of A. gracilis.

Body length:7 - 12.5 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Prunus ursina, Juglans regia)
Distribution:an endemic species to Lebanon

The depicted beetles was collected in Lebanon by Tamás Németh.

Sama G., Rapuzzi P. and Kairouz A.:
Catalogue commenté des Cerambycidae du Liban. An annotated catalogue of the Cerambycidae of Lebanon (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 30: 131-201, 2010. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusGraciliini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAxinopalpis Dejean, 1835
SpeciesAxinopalpis gracilis (Krynicki, 1832)
SubspeciesAxinopalpis alberti Sama, Rapuzzi & Kairouz, 2010