Derolus iranensis Pic, 1956
ssp. arabicus Sama, 2008

Derolus iranensis arabicus

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Derolus iranensis, a species distributed in Iran, Arabian peninsula, Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been described from Iran as Derolus mauritanicus iranensis by Maurice Pic in 1956 [▽]. Its subspecies Derolus iranensis arabicus, occuring in Arabian peninsula, has been described from Oman by Gianfranco Sama in 2008 [❖].

Body length:15 - 25 mm
Life cycle:unknown
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:polyphaghous in broadleaf trees and shrubs (proven in Vachellia spp.)
Distribution:Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

The depicted mounted beetles were collected in Ar Rajmī wadi environs (374 m a.s.l., Al Bāţinah region, Oman) on April 3, 2018. The living specimen was reared from larva found in Vachellia sp. in Shinas (شناص) environs (N24°45′32″ E56°19′35″; 122 m a.s.l., Al Bāţinah region, Oman) on January 30, 2020.

Collected by Tomáš Kopecký and Roman Rejzek

Pic M.:
Coléoptères du globe (suite).
L'Échange, Revue Linnéenne 72 (543): 1-4, 1956.

Sama G.:
Family Cerambycidae.
In: van Arten A. (ed.), Arthropod fauna of the UAE, 1 - Dar Al Ummah, Abu Dhabi: 754pp, 2008.

Sama G., Fallahzadeh M., Rapuzzi P.:
Notes on some Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) from Iran with description of two new species (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 20: 123-132, 2005. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Remarks on the type material of some Cerambycidae from Iran described by M. Pic (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 6 (2): 663-672, 2011. [download pdf icon]

Derolus iranensis arabicus
Derolus iranensis arabicus
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCerambycini Latreille, 1804
GenusDerolus Gahan, 1891
SpeciesDerolus iranensis Pic, 1956
SubspeciesDerolus iranensis arabicus Sama, 2008