Idactus bettoni Gahan, 1898

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: ANCYLONOTINI
Idactus bettoni
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Idactus bettoni, an interesting African faunistic element extending in the north of its distribution range to the Arabian Peninsula, has been described from Samburu disctrict (Kenya) by Charles Joseph Gahan in 1898 [✧].

Body length:9 - 14 mm
Life cycle:1 year [?]
Adults in:depends on region
Host plant:polyphagous in broadleaf trees and shrubs
Distribution:Saudi Arabia, Africa (Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Namibia, Somalia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe)

Depicted mounted beetle was collected in Wādī an Nu‘mān (20 km W of At Taif/ اَلطَّائِفُ‎; N21°16′2″ E40°13′15″; 820 m a.s.l., Mecca province, Saudi Arabia) on March 15 - 29, 2023.

Collected by Petr Kabátek

Gahan Ch.J.:
Descriptions of new Longicorn Coleoptera from East Africa.
The Annals and Magazine of Natural History (2 ser.) 7 (7): 40-59, 1898. [download pdf icon]

Holzschuh C. and Teocchi P.:
Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of Saudi Arabia: Part I, Lamiinae.
Fauna of Saudi Arabia 12 [1991]: 295-311, 1992. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAncylonotini Lacordaire, 1869
GenusIdactus Pascoe, 1864
SpeciesIdactus bettoni Gahan, 1898