Purpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
ssp. cornifrons Sabbadini & Pesarini, 1992
[= Purpuricenus cornifrons Sabbadini & Pesarini, 1992; ❖]

Purpuricenus interscapillatus cornifrons
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Purpuricenus interscapillatus cornifrons, the most northern subspecies of P. interscapillatus known from the mountains between Tunceli and Mus in Eastern Turkey), was described as distinct species [✧], but it can be considered only an extreme form of P. interscapillatus according to the body shape and structure of pronotum.

Body length:10 - 20 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:June - July
Host plant:oaks (Quercus)
Distribution:an endemic species of Eastern Turkey

The depicted beetles were beaten from oaks in Buglan Gecidi (NW Mus, East Turkey).

Collected by M.Rejzek

Rapuzzi P. and Sama G.:
Revision of the Purpuricenus interscapillatus species - group and allied taxa (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Fragmenta entomologica, Roma 45 (1-2): 143-171, 2013. [download pdf icon]

Sabbadini A. and Pesarini C.:
Note su Purpuricenus budensis (Goeze) e specie affini (Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Bollettino della Società Entomologica Italiana, Genova 124 (1): 55-64, 1992. [download pdf icon]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Trachyderini Dupont, 1836
Genus: Purpuricenus Dejean, 1821
Species: Purpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
Subspecies: Purpuricenus interscapillatus cornifrons Sabbadini & Pesarini, 1992