Ropalopus (Ropalopus) wittmeri Demelt, 1970
[= Ropalopus (Ropalopus) ledereri wittmeri Demelt, 1970]

Ropalopus wittmeri

[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Ropalopus wittmeri, known from Lebanon, Syria and South Turkey, has been described by Carl von Demelt in 1970 as a subspecies of Ropalopus (Ropalopus) ledereri Fairmaire, 1866 [❖][▽]. It was promoted to species level by Hüseyin Özdikmen in 2023 [✮].

Both Ropalopus wittmeri and Ropalopus ledereri are typical inhabitants of quickly receding Quercus calliprinos forest-steppe formations. Adult beetles can be found sitting on leaves of the hosts or occasionally they gather on juice-oozing oak trees. They never visit flowers.

Body length:10 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:oaks (Quercus spp.)
Distribution:Lebanon, Syria, South Turkey

The depicted beetle was reared from larva found in oak (Quercus sp.) in Şenköy environs (700 m a.s.l., Antakya district, Hatay province, Turkey) on May 27, 1995.

Collected by Pierpaolo Rapuzzi

Demelt C.:
Eine neue Cerambycidenart aus Griechenland, eine neue Subspec. aus Kleinasien sowie einige neue Cerambycidenformen.
Entomologische Blätter für Biologie und Systematik der Käfer 66 (1): 30-32, 1970. [download pdf icon]

Fairmaire L.M.H.:
Notice sur les Coléoptères récoltés par M. J. Lédérer sur le Bosz-Dagh (Asie Mineure).
Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, Paris (4) 6: 249-280, 1866. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H.:
Taxonomic status of Ropalopus ledereri (Fairmaire) and Ropalopus wittmeri Demelt with new host plants and records from Turkey (Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 18 (1): 625-628, 2023. [download pdf icon]

Sama G., Rapuzzi P. and Kairouz A.:
Catalogue commenté des Cerambycidae du Liban. An annotated catalogue of the Cerambycidae of Lebanon (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 30: 131-201, 2010. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallidiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusRopalopus Mulsant, 1839
SubgenusRopalopus Mulsant, 1839
SpeciesRopalopus (Ropalopus) wittmeri Demelt, 1970