Iberodorcadion (Baeticodorcadion) chiqui Verdugo, 2014

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: DORCADIONINI
Iberodorcadion chiqui

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Iberodorcadion chiqui, a rare endemic species known only from Sierra Bermeja (Málaga province, South Spain), has been described by Antonio Verdugo Páez in 2014 [✧]. This interesting taxon occurs exclusively in the Sierra Bermeja massif north of the town of Estepona in approximate altitude range from 400 to 1300 m. So far, it has been located in two 10 × 10 km UTM grids only (30SUF03 and 30SUF04). Antonio Verdugo Páez proposed in 1993 the use of the name Iberodorcadion nigrosparsum Pic, 1941 for Iberodorcadion individuals from the Sierra Bermeja (but Pic's type specimen was not available at the time) [❖]. However, after an additional comparison of Pic's specimen with Sierra Bermeja dorcadions, it turned out that Pic's one is only a variety of I. mucidum mucidum (Dalman, 1817) and the specimens caught in the Sierra Bermeja represent a completely different, as yet undescribed Iberodorcadion taxon [✧][✳].

Body length:12 - 19 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:roots and basal stem parts of Poaceae
Distribution:an endemic species to Sierra Bermeja massif (Málaga province, South Spain)

The depicted female beetle was reared from larva found in Sierra Bermeja (1000 m a.s.l., Málaga province, Andalusia, Spain) in May, 2011.

Collected by Antonio Verdugo Páez

Verdugo Páez A.:
Acerca de la verdadera identidad de Dorcadion mucidum var. nigrosparsum Pic, 1941, descripción de Iberodorcadion (Baeticodorcadion) chiqui n. sp. y rehabilitación de Dorcadion parmeniforme Escalera, 1902 (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Dorcadionini).
Revista gaditana de Entomología 5 (1): 159-174, 2014. [download pdf icon]

Verdugo Páez A.:
Iberodorcadion (Baeticodorcadion) nigrosparsum bona specie (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Boletín del Grupo Entomológico de Madrid 6: 69-95, 1993. [download pdf icon]

Verdugo Páez A.:
Estudio taxonómico sobre el complejo de especies próximas a Iberodorcadion (Baeticodorcadion) mucidum (Dalman, 1817) en la península ibérica (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)..
Revista gaditana de Entomología 11: 39-53, 2020. [download pdf icon]

Iberodorcadion chiqui
[Photo © Ismael Pérez www.sierrabermeja.es]
Iberodorcadion chiqui
[Photo © Ismael Pérez www.sierrabermeja.es]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusDorcadionini Swainson, 1840
GenusIberodorcadion Breuning, 1943
SubgenusBaeticodorcadion Vives, 1976
SpeciesIberodorcadion (Baeticodorcadion) chiqui Verdugo, 2014