Conizonia (Conizonia) mounai Sama, 2005

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Conizonia mounai
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Conizonia mounai, an endemic species to Morocco, has been described from Ifrane environs (1500 m a.s.l., Middle Atlas, Morocco) by Gianfranco Sama in 2005 [▽]. C. mounai is very similar to Conizonia allardi guyi Sama, 2005, but has more robust and longer body. Its distribution area is limited to a geographical triangle between Azrou, Imouzzer Kandar and El Hajeb, in the Moroccan central Middle Atlas. The larva develops in the roots of Carthamus pinnatus. Adults, active from the end of March to the end of April, are abundant in April uder basal leaves of the host where they mate [▽][★].

Body length:10 - 15 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:March - April
Host plant:Carthamus pinnatus (Asteraceae)
Distribution:an endemic species to Morocco

The depicted mounted beetles (paratypes) were captured betwwen Imouzzer Kandar and Ifrane (type locality; 1500 m a.s.l., Middle Atlas, Sefrou Province, Fès-Meknès region, Morocco) on April 15, 1989.

Collected by Gianfranco Sama (Petr Kabátek in coll.)

Sama G.:
Révision du genre Conizonia Fairmaire, 1864 (Coleoptera - Cerambycidae - Phytoeciini).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 21 (1): 15-43, 2005. [download pdf icon]

Trócoli S.:
Actualización del catálogo de Longicornios de Marruecos Actualisation du catalogue des Longicornes du Maroc (Parte IV / Partie IV : Cerambycidae : Lamiinae).
Revue de l'Association Roussillonnaise d'Entomologie (R.A.R.E.) 29 (1): 26-65, 2020. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusConizonia Fairmaire, 1864
Subgenus:Conizonia Fairmaire, 1864
SpeciesConizonia (Conizonia) mounai Sama, 2005