Dolocerus reichii Mulsant, 1862
[= Brachypteroma ottomanum Heyden, 1863]

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

This tiny and not very common Cerambycid, occuring in South/South East Europe and Transcaucasia, can be found on flowers or beaten from blossoming hawthorns (Crateagus spp.) from April to June. The species is probably polyphagous in deciduous trees, however, only ivy (Hedera helix) has been reported as a host till now...

The species (as well as the genus Dolocerus) was originally described by Étienne Mulsant (1862, ☆) and successively by Lucas Heyden (1863), but the oldest name has not been used as valid since 2012 and is declared nomen oblitum according to Article 23.9 “Reversal of precedence” of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature fourth edition (ICZN, 1999; Löbl & Smetana, 2010) (cfr. Lemaire & Gros, 2016). Danilevsky (2012, ❖) affirmed that the spelling Dolocerus reichii Mulsant, 1862 (as well as the genus Dolocerus) must be corrected because the “Reversal of precedence” according to which priority may be reversed only if two conditions are both met and in the present case, the second condition (Art. is unrespected (ICZN, 1999) [✧].

Body length:5 - 7 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:Hedera helix
Distribution:Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey

The depicted beetles were collected in Neraida (Νεράιδα) village environs (815 m a.s.l., Mts. Pindos, Karditsa regional unit, Thessaly, Grece) on May 28, 2011.

Collected by David Navrátil

Mulsant E.:
Histoire Naturelle des Coléoptères de France. Longicornes.
Annales de la Société Impériale d'Agriculture, Magnin, Blanchard et Cie, Paris, 480pp, 1862. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Additions and corrections to the new Catalogue of Palaearctic Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) edited by I. Löbl and A. Smetana, 2010. Part. IV.
Humanity space - International Almanac 1 (1): 86-136, 2012. [download pdf icon]

Lemaire J.-M. and Gros P.:
Une espèce mythique pour la faune de France découverte dans les Alpes-Maritimes: Brachypteroma ottomanum Heyden, 1863, alias Dolocerus reichii Mulsant, 1862, nomen oblitum ? (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Le Coléoptériste, Bulletin de liaison de l'ACOREP 19 (2): 88-90, 2016.

Bazzato E., Macis S., Mura R., Lecis A., Atzori M.G. and Cillo D.:
First record of Dolocerus reichii Mulsant, 1862 (= Brachypteroma ottomanum Heyden, 1863) (Coleoptera Cerambycidae) for the Sardinian fauna.
Revista Gaditana de Entomologia 8 (1): 13-21, 2017. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusMolorchini Mulsant, 1863
GenusDolocerus Mulsant, 1862
SpeciesDolocerus reichii Mulsant, 1862