Morimus verecundus (Faldermann, 1836)
ssp. verecundus (Faldermann, 1836)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: LAMIINI
Morimus verecundus verecundus
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]
Body length:15 - 38 mm
Life cycle:several years
Adults in:April - August
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous tress, prefers beech (Fagus)
Distribution:Turkey, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, NW Iran

The mounted specimens were collected in Iran. The living beetles were collected in Gosudarstvennyy Prirodnyy Zapovednik Utrish (Государственный природный заповедник Утриш) near Anapa (Krasnodar Krai, Southern Federal District, Russia) on June 22, 2013 and in Saratovskaya railway station (Станция Саратовская) environs (Goryachy Klyuch district, Krasnodar Krai, Southern Federal District, Russia) on May 2, 2009.

Collected by Lech Kruszelnicki and Sergei O. Kakunin

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. But until well done revision of the Morimus genus, the traditional division to several taxa will be preserved here.

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]

Morimus asper verecundus
Morimus asper verecundus
[Photo © Sergei O. Kakunin]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusLamiini Latreille, 1825
GenusMorimus Brullé, 1832
SpeciesMorimus verecundus (Faldermann, 1836)
SubspeciesMorimus verecundus verecundus (Faldermann, 1836)