Cerambyx (Microcerambyx) elbursi Jureček, 1924
[= Cerambyx elegans Dohrn, 1873 nec Schrank, 1781]

Cerambyx elbursi
[Photo © Denis G. Kasatkin]

Cerambyx (Microcerambyx) elbursi, a rare species endemic to Iran, was first described from Gorgan (former Astrabad, Iran) as Cerambyx elegans by Carl August Dohrn as early as 1873 [✧]. However, due to the pre-occupation of the name elegans, the name C. elburzi is valid according to a description published by Štěpán Jureček in 1924 [❖].

Body length:18 - 30 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:Prunus
Distribution:an endemic species to Iran

The depicted female beetle was collected in Chālūs (چالوس) environs (Chalus county, Māzandarān province, Iran) in May 2015.

Collected by D.Kasatkin

Dohrn C.A.:
Stettiner Entomologische Zeitung 34: 70-83, 1873. [download pdf icon]

Jureček Š.:
Cerambyx Elbursi n. sp. prope multiplicatus Motsch. (Col.).
Časopis České Společnosti Entomologické, Praha 21 (3-4): 47, 1924. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCerambycini Latreille, 1804
GenusCerambyx Linnaeus, 1758
SubgenusMicrocerambyx Mikśić et Georgijević, 1973
SpeciesCerambyx (Microcerambyx) elbursi Jureček, 1924