Phytoecia (Helladia) paulusi Holzschuh, 1971
ssp. bludanica (Sama, 2000)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia paulusi bludanica

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec]

Phytoecia paulusi whas been described by Carolus Holzschuh from Central Lebanon in 1971 [❖]. The species was divided into two subspecies by Gianfranco Sama in 2000 [✧]. The nominate subspecies is endemic to Lebanon and the new one, ssp. bludanica, is distributed in Syria only.

Body length:11 - 14 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:Cirsium cf. lappaceum M. B.
Distribution:subspecies endemic to Syria

The depicted beetles were collected in the type locality - Bloudan (بلودان‎) village environs (1970 m a.s.l., Al-Zabadani district, Rif Dimashq governorate, South Syria) on April 30, 2005.

Collected by A.Kotán

Holzschuh C.:
Zwei neue Phytoecia-Arten (Col. Cerambycidae) aus Anatolien und dem Libanon.
Mitteilungen der Forstlichen Bundesversuchanstalt, Wien 94: 67-69, 1971. [download pdf icon]

Sama G.:
Su alcuni nuovi o interessanti Cerambicidi del medio Oriente (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 13 (supplemento): 91-105, 2000. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H. & Turgut S.:
An overview on the w-palaearctic subgenus Phytoecia (Helladia) Fairmaire, 1864 with a new subspecies Phytoecia (Helladia) humeralis caneri ssp. n. from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae)
Munis Entomology & Zoology 5 (2): 317-343, 2010. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Dejean, 1835
SubgenusHelladia Fairmaire, 1864
SpeciesPhytoecia (Helladia) paulusi Holzschuh, 1971
SubspeciesPhytoecia (Helladia) paulusi bludanica (Sama, 2000)