Cerambyx (Cerambyx) cerdo Linnaeus, 1758
ssp. acuminatus Motschulsky, 1853

Cerambyx acuminatus
[Photo © Igor A. Belousov]

Cerambyx (Cerambyx) cerdo acuminatus Motschulsky, 1853, a subspecies occuring in Crimea, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Asia Minor and Near East, has been described from Caucasus as Cerambyx acuminatus by Victor Ivanovitsch Motschulsky in 1853 [✧]. This subspecies has been considered by some experts to be a synonym of C. c. cerdo, but is currently accepted as a valid taxon. C. c. acuminatus is particularly different by its coarser elytral sculpture, stouter body and more conspicuous apical elytral thorns. [❖] The biology is analogous to the nominate subspecies.

Body length:18 - 30 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:predominantly in Quercus spp.
Distribution:Crimea, South Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey

The depicted male beetle was collected in Lazarevskoye (Ла́заревское) environs (Lazarevsky City district of the city of Sochi, Krasnodar krai, Southern Federal District, Russia).

Motschulsky V.I.:
Études Entomologiques 1 [1852]: 77-80, 1853. [download pdf icon]

Sláma E.M.:
Cerambyx cerdo iranicus Heyrovský, 1951 and other subspecies of Cerambyx cerdo Linnaeus, 1758 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Humanity space - International Almanac 8 (2): 199-207, 2019. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCerambycini Latreille, 1804
GenusCerambyx Linnaeus, 1758
SubgenusCerambyx Linnaeus, 1758
SpeciesCerambyx (Cerambyx) cerdo Linnaeus, 1758
SubspeciesCerambyx (Cerambyx) cerdo acuminatus Motschulsky, 1853