Daramus (Daramus) major (Pic, 1924)
ssp. major (Pic, 1924)
[= Tetropiopsis major Pic, 1924]

Daramus major

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec]

Daramus major major, a rare nominotypical subspecies endemic to Egypt, has been described as Tetropiopsis major from Sinai (Egypt) by Maurice Pic 1924 [❖]. Species of the genus Daramus are typical inhabitants of the entomocenosis of Vachellia (= Acacia) in Sahelian and Saharian arid biotopes [▽].

The correct position of genus Daramus in family Cerambycidae tree is stiil questionable (tribes Saphanini or Hesperophanini) and opinions differ author from author.

Body length:10 - 17 mm
Life cycle:2 years [?]
Adults in:April - May
Host plant:Vachellia tortilis raddiana (= Acacia raddiana)
Distribution:a subspecies endemic to Egypt (Sinai)

The depicted mounted beetle was reared from a living twig of Vachellia tortilis raddiana collected in Ras Muhammad National Park (116 m a.s.l., N27°50′3″ E34°13′43″, Sharm El-Sheikh environs, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt) on June 19, 2005.

Collected by Daniele Baiocchi (Petr Kabátek in coll.)

Pic M.:
Coléoptères exotiques en partie nouveaux (Suite.).
L'Échange, Revue Linnéenne 39 (418): 30-32, 1924. [download pdf icon]

Sama G. and Rapuzzi P.:
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]

Adlbauer K.:
Zur Synonymie nordafrikanischer Daramus-Arten (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Hesperophanini).
Les Cahiers Magellanes 9: 1-6, 2012.

Sama G.:
Les genres Daramus Fairmaire et Tetropiopsis Chobaut en Afrique du Nord (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Hesperophanini).
L'Entomologiste 50 (3): 169-180, 1994. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusHesperophanini Mulsant, 1839
GenusDaramus Fairmaire, 1892
SubgenusDaramus Fairmaire, 1892
SpeciesDaramus (Daramus) major (Pic, 1924)
SubgpeciesDaramus (Daramus) major major (Pic, 1924)