Rhopaloscelis schurmanni Breuning, 1969

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: DESMIPHORINI
Rhopaloscelis schurmanni
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Rhopaloscelis schurmanni, a rare Cerambycid species known from NW Iran and Azerbaijan (Talysh) only, was described by Stephan Breuning from locality situated between Chalus and Tonekābon (Shahsavar) on the Iranian coast of the Caspian Sea in 1969 [❖].

Body length:8 - 10 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:Ficus carica, in Talysh in wingnut (Pterocarya sp.) [✧]
Distribution:Iran, Azerbaijan (Talysh)

The depicted beetles were collected 23 km E of Marzanabad (Māzandarān province, Iran) on May 21, 2017.

Collected by Lech Kruszelnicki

Breuning S.:
Eine neue Art der Gattung Rhopaloscelis Bless. (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft österreichischer Entomologen 21 (3): 76, 1969. [download pdf icon]

Miroshnikov A.I.:
New data on the Longicorn Beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) of the Talysh Mountains.
Bulletin de la Société des Naturalistes de Moscou 106(1): 49-50, 2001. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusDesmiphorini Thomson, 1860
GenusRhopaloscelis Blessig, 1873
SpeciesRhopaloscelis schurmanni Breuning, 1969