Iberodorcadion (Baeticodorcadion) atlantis (Bedel, 1921)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: DORCADIONINI
Iberodorcadion atlantis

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Iberodorcadion (Baeticodorcadion) atlantis, an endemic montane species to Morocco (Middle Atlas), has been described from Tizi n'Lâafit (Middle Atlas) as Dorcadion atlantis by Louis Ernest Marie Bedel in 1921 [▽]. The morphology of adults and all developmental stages, together with the biology of this only African representative of Dorcadionini tribe were described in detail in his excellent work by Antonio Verdugo Paez in 2014 [❖]. I. atlantis inhabits high montane pastures (above 1 800 meters of altitude) and is ecologically conencted with various species of grasses (Poaceae).

Body length:11 - 12.5 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:February - June
Host plant:roots and basal stem parts of Poaceae
Distribution:an endemic montane species to Morocco (Middle Atlas)

The depicted beetles were collected in Lake Aguelmame Sidi Ali environs (2150 m a.s.l, Khénifra Province, Béni Mellal-Khénifra, Morocco) on MAy 2, 2015.

Collected by Zdeněk Košťál

Bedel L.E.M.:
Séance du 9 mars 1921. Coléoptères nouveaux du Maroc. Récoltes du Dr. M. Bedel dans le Moyen-Atlas, 1916-1917.
Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France, Paris 9 (3): 59-61, 1921. [download pdf icon]

Verdugo Paez A.:
Morfología y ciclo vital de Iberodorcadion (Baeticodorcadion) atlantis (Bedel, 1921) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Dorcadionini).
Revista gaditana de Entomología 5 (1): 1-16, 2014. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusDorcadionini Swainson, 1840
GenusIberodorcadion Breuning, 1943
SubgenusBaeticodorcadion Vives, 1976
SpeciesIberodorcadion (Baeticodorcadion) atlantis (Bedel, 1921)