Dorcadion (Cribridorcadion) shirvanicum Bogatchev, 1934
ssp. shirvanicum Bogatchev, 1934

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: DORCADIONINI
shirvanicum shirvanicum
[Photo © Petr Jelínek]

Dorcadion shirvanicum was described as Dorcadion mniszechi shirvanica on the base of a glabrous totally black female, appearing similar to D. mniszechi Kraatz, 1873, from Sumgait River valley in Eastern Azerbaijan by Alexei Vladimirovitch Bogatchev in 1934 [✧][▽]. Elevation to the valid separate species was done (in form of a short note) by M.L. Danilevsky and S.I. Khvylia in 1987 [▽]. This beautiful and rare Dorcadion is known from planes of East Azerbaijan. We know only one population near Perekeshkiul in Sumgait River Valley (ca 30 km W of Baku), but according the original description the taxon can be distributed also West of Shemakha [❖].

Body length:♂ 11 - 17.3 mm / ♀ 14.3 - 18 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:March - May
Host plant:larvae feed on roots of various grass species
Distribution:endemic to Azerbaijan

The depicted beetles were collected in Perekeshkiul environs (Azerbaijan) on March 30, 2013.

Bogatchev A.V.:
The materials to study the beetles fauna of Apsheron Peninsula.
Transactions of Azerbajdzhan Department of Transcaucasian Branch of Academia of Sciences of the USSR (zoological section) 7: 14-71, 1934.

Danilevsky M.L. and Khvylia S.I.:
Entomological Note.
Вестник зоологии / Vestnik Zoologii 6: 82, 1987 [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Cortodera neali sp. n. from Iran and Dorcadion shirvanicum azerbajdzhanicum Plavilstshikov, 1937 stat. N. from Azerbajdzhan (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Les Cahiers Magellanes 32: 1-7, 2004 [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L. and Murzin S.V.:
A revue of Dorcadion Dalman, 1817 species of "laeve-group" Part I (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Lamiinae).
Les Cahiers Magellanes 92: 1-20, 2009 [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusDorcadionini Swainson, 1840
GenusDorcadion Dalman, 1817
SubgenusCribridorcadion Pic, 1901
SpeciesDorcadion (Cribridorcadion) shirvanicum Bogatchev, 1934
SubspeciesDorcadion (Cribridorcadion) shirvanicum shirvanicum Bogatchev, 1934