Purpuricenus nigronotatus Pic, 1907
[= Purpuricenus konradi Bernhauer, 1976]

Purpuricenus nigronotatus
[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Purpuricenus nigronotatus is very rare species known from the West side of Toros Mountains (Antalya province) to the Hatay province. Northwards it reaches the Van lake in Eastern Anatolia [❖]. Larvae of this interesting beetle develop in thin oak (Quercus) branches (1.5 - 4 cm in diameter) which are dead or dying after infestation by Coerebus fasciatus (Buprestidae). Larvae feed a straight gallery in the centre of the branch and produced sawdust they often push out through holes in the bark. Life cycle at least 2 years [▽]. Adults, active in June and July, are not flower visitors, but can be found on the host trees.

P. nigronotatus has been described from Toros Mts. as Purpuricenus budensis v. nigronotata by Maurice Pic in 1907 [✧]. This taxon was described again, as Purpuricenus konradi, by Dieter Bernhauer in 1976 [▽].

Body length:10 - 20 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:oaks (Quercus spp.)
Distribution:a species endemic to Turkey

The depicted beetles were collected in: ♂ - Arslanlı environs (Erdemli district, Mersin province, Turkey) on June 15-23, 1998; ♀ - Belen environs (Belen district, Hatay province, Turkey) on June 16-17, 1991.

Collected by Petr Viktora and A.Kudrna

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]

Pic M.:
Notes entomologiques diverses (Suite.).
L'Échange, Revue Linnéenne 23 (274): 169-170, 1907. [download pdf icon]

Bernhauer D .:
Eine neue Purpuricenusart aus Anatolien, sowie kritische Bemerkungen zur durchgesehenen Literatur (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Nachrichtenblatt der Bayerischen Entomologen 25 (6): 123-127, 1976. [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]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusTrachyderini Dupont, 1836
GenusPurpuricenus Dejean, 1821
SpeciesPurpuricenus nigronotatus Pic, 1907