Miniprionus pavlovskii (Semenov, 1935)
[= Prionus Pavlovskii Semenov, 1935]
[= Pogonarthron (Miniprionus) pavlovskii (Semenov, 1935)]

Subfamilia: PRIONINAE  /  Tribus: PRIONINI
Miniprionus pavlovskii

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Miniprionus pavlovskii, a rare tiny member of Prionini tribe distributed in North Afghanistan and South Tajikistan, has been described as Prionus Pavlovskii from Tajikistan by Andrej Petrovitsch Semenov Tian-Shanskij in 1935 [▽]. The new monotypic genus Miniprionus was established for this taxon by Mikhail L. Danilevsky in 1999 [✳]. The biology of this local crepuscular and nocturnal desert species is unknown, adults can be caught on very warm summer late evenings and during nights (using light traps) [❖].

Body length:♂♂ 8.5 - 14.5 mm / ♀♀ 14 - 50 mm (with abdomen)
Life cycle:at least 3 years [?]
Adults in:August
Host plant:unknown, probably polyphagous in roots of desert and semidesert plants
Distribution:North Afghanistan, South Tajikistan

The depicted beetle (♂ 12mm) was collected in Sarichashma (Sary-Chashma/Саричашма) village environs (1000 m a.s.l., 20 km SE Kulob, Khatlon region, Tajikistan) on August 8, 1984.

Collected by Mikhail L. Danilevsky

Semenov Tian-Shanskij A.P.:
Les Prionus polyarthriques (ci-devant genre Polyarthron Serv.) de la faune Touranienne ; leur relations phylogénétiques et zoogéographiques (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Travaux de la filiale de l'Académie des Sciences de l'URSS au Tadjikistan 5: 237-249, 1935.

Danilevsky M.L.:
Description of Miniprionus gen. n. from Middle Asia with new data in related genera (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Russian Entomological Journal 8 (3) [1999]: 189-190, 2000. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Moscow: Higher School Consulting 1: 1-522, 36 pls., 2014. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaPrioninae Latreille, 1802
TribusPrionini Latreille, 1802
GenusMiniprionus Danilevsky, 1999
SpeciesMiniprionus pavlovskii (Semenov, 1935)