Morimus gabzdili Danilevsky, 2015

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: LAMIINI
Morimus gabzdili
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Morimus funereus, an endemic Slovakian species from the Morimus asper species-cluster, was described from East Slovakia by Mikhail Danilevsky in 2015. The biology of this interesting taxon is most likely very similar to Morimus asper asper (Sulzer, 1776).

Body length:16 - 38 mm
Life cycle:several years
Adults in:April - August
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Fagus, Populus, Tilia, Acer, Salix, Carpinus, Quercus etc.)
Distribution:endemic species to Slovakia

Morimus gabzdili, like its sister species, is a crepuscular/nocturnal species but also can be found hiding in piles of cordwood or sitting on stumps even during the day. The depicted beetles were collected and photographed (May 6, 2018) in Velké Kapušany environs (type locality - N48°31′9″ E22°2′52″, 106 m a.s.l., Košice region, East Slovakia).

Collected by Ondřej Sabol and photographed by Daniel Rydzi

The taxonomic status of Euro-Anatolian Morimus species is unclear, but the recent [✧] and by presented data very well supported work of Emanuaela Solano et al. says:

"The genetic variability among Euro-Anatolian Morimus populations and the geographical structure suggest that they can not be ascribed to the currently accepted five W Palaearctic Morimus species and may actually represent a single, genetically and morphologically variable biological species (M. asper), highlighting the necessity of an extended taxonomical revision."

The existence of only one, very variable M. asper taxon, is supported also by authors of this site. Morimus gabzdili particularly requires increased taxonomic attention. But until well done complex and deep revision (not only morfometric!) of the Morimus genus, the traditional division to several taxa will be preserved here.

Danilevsky M.L.:
A new species of the genus Morimus Brullé, 1832 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) from Central Europe. .
Humanity Space International Almanac 4 (2): 215-219, 2015. [download pdf icon]

Solano E., Mancini E., Ciucci P., Mason F., Audisio P., Antonini G.:
The EU protected taxon Morimus funereus Mulsant, 1862 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) and its western Palaearctic allies: systematics and conservation outcomes.
Conservation Genetics 14: 683–694, 2013. [download pdf icon]

Sláma M.:
Poznámky k výskytu čtyř druhů tesaříků ve Střední Evropě (Notes on the occurrence of four cerambycid beetles in Central Europe).
Entomofauna carpathica 29 (2): 58-62, 2017. [download pdf icon]

Morimus gabzdili
Morimus gabzdili
Morimus gabzdili
Morimus gabzdili
Morimus gabzdili
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusLamiini Latreille, 1825
GenusMorimus Brullé, 1832
SubspeciesMorimus gabzdili Danilevsky, 2015