Turanium (Turanium) losi Karpiński, Plewa & Hilszczański, 2021

Turanium losi
[Photo © L.Kruszelnicki]

Turanium losi, for a long time "hidden" species distributed in Middle Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and probably also in Tajikistan), has been described from Arkit environs (Kyrgyzstan) by Lech Karpiński & al. in 2021 [▽]. This polyphagous species (close to Turanium (Turanium) pilosum (Reitter, 1891)) has long escaped attention, although it is not uncommon in the area of occurrence. Its existence was revealed only by a detailed morphological and also genetic analysis performed by Polish colleagues [▽].

Body length:♂♂ 10.5 – 14.0 mm / ♀♀ 11.0 – 15.0 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Prunus, Malus)
Distribution:Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan

The depicted beetles were reared from larvae found in Prunus collected 4 km N of Arkit (Аркыт) village (N41°50′10″ E71°57′14″; 1480 m a.s.l., Aksy District, Jalal-Abad region, Kyrgyzstan) in June 2019.

Collected by R.Plewa

Karpiński L., Szczepański W.T., Plewa R., Kruszelnicki L., Koszela K., Hilszczański J.:
The first molecular insight into the genus Turanium Baeckmann, 1922 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Callidiini) with a description of a new species from Middle Asia.
Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny 79: 465–484, 2021. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallidiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusTuranium Baeckmann, 1923
SubgenusTuranium Baeckmann, 1923
SpeciesTuranium (Turanium) losi Karpiński, Plewa & Hilszczański, 2021