Phytoecia (Helladia) testaceovittata (Pic, 1934)
ssp. testaceovittata (Pic, 1934)
[= Musaria testaceovittata Pic, 1934]
[= Helladia iranica Villiers, 1960]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Phytoecia testaceovittata
[Photo © Denis G. Kasatkin]

Phytoecia testaceovittata testaceovittata, a very rare Iranian species close to Phytoecia (Helladia) armeniaca Frivaldszky, 1878, has been described from Kojim island (Urmia Lake, Iran) as Musaria testaceovittata by Maurice Pic in 1934 [▽]. For a long time it was classified as a subspecies of P. armeniaca, re-described several times and is now again considered a valid separate species with two subspecies - a nominative (endemic to Iran) Phytoecia testaceovittata testaceovittata and to Azerbaijan endemic subspecies, Phytoecia (Helladia) testaceovittata natali Lobanov, 1994 [❖].

Body length:8 – 112 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Asteraceae
Distribution:an endemic subspecies to Iran

The depicted beetle was collected 5 km SW of Choghab Dar village (Dorūd county, Lorestan province, West Iran) on May 14-15, 2017.

Collected by S.Dementiev

Pic M.:
Notes diverses, nouveautés (Suite.).
L'Échange, Revue Linnéenne 50 (455): 17-19, 1934.

Helladia iranica Villiers, 1960 and Helladia natali Lobanov, 1994, syn.n. of Helladia armeniaca testaceovittata Pic, 1934. The type specimen of Musaria testaceovittata, described from “Kojim, Lac Urmia” and currently regarded as species incertae sedis [Breuning, 1951], has recently been located in the Zoological Museum of Moscow University. It clearly belongs to Helladia Fairmaire, and agrees with the same species subsequently described as H. iranica and H. natali. Özdikmen created the name Helladia armeniaca holzschuhi. This is an obvious misunderstandig which cannot be explained, since Holzschuh neither described H. armeniaca iranica, nor mentioned such a name in the article quoted by Özdikmen. Helladia armeniaca holzschuhi Özdikmen, 2008 is to be consequently regarded as nomen nudum, since it was created as a replacement name for a non existing name.

Females (a single female is known in Ph. testaceovittata natali) of Ph. t. testaceovittata and Ph. t. natali considerably differs by very wide prothorax, wider body and shorter antennae, besides the locality of P. natali is strongly distant from the area (Iran) of Ph. testaceovittata. So, synonyms Ph. testaceovitata (Pic, 1934) = Ph. natali Lobanov, 1994 can not be accepted. Ph. testaceovitta natali is a northern subspecies.

Excerpted from:

Danilevsky M.L.:
Additions and corrections to the new Catalogue of Palaearctic Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) edited by I. Löbl and A. Smetana, 2010.
Russian Entomological. Journal 19 (3): 215–239, 2010. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhytoecia Pic, 1892
SubgenusHelladia Fairmaire, 1864
SpeciesPhytoecia (Helladia) testaceovittata (Pic, 1934)
SubspeciesPhytoecia (Helladia) testaceovittata testaceovittata (Pic, 1934)