Aegomorphus francottei Sama, 1994

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: ACANTHODERINI
Aegomorphus francottei
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec]

The taxonomy of European Aegomorphus genus was for years relatively simple, with two known species only - a common pan-European Aegomorphus clavipes (Schrank, 1781) and rare Aegomorphus krueperi Kraatz, 1859 from Balcan peninsula (Greece, Bulgaria). A new species, depicted Aegomorphus francottei was described by Gianfranco Sama in 1994 also from Balcan peninsula [❖]. Situation become complicated after description of the fourth species by Jacek Hilszczański and Cezary Bystrowski in 2005, Aegomorphus wojtylai, from Poland [✧]. This interesting species, very close relative to Aegomorphus clavipes, was eventually synonymized with Aegomorphus obscurior Pic, 1904, and Aegomorphus francottei was moreover reported also from Poland [✧].

Body length:10 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - August
Host plant:Quercus
Distribution:Poland, France, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania

The depicted beetles were collected in Dessenheim environs (200 m a.s.l., Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France) on May 9, 2014.

Collected by David Navrátil

Sama G.:
Note sulla nomenclatura dei Cerambycidae della regione mediterranea. II. Revisione di alcuni tipi di Kraatz, v. Heyden e Stierlin.
Lambillionea 94 (3): 321-334, 1994. [download pdf icon]

Hilszczanski J. and Bystrowski C.:
Aegomorphus wojtylai, a new species from Poland, with a key to European species of Aegomorphus Haldeman (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Genus, Wroclaw 16 (2): 201-207, 2005. [download pdf icon]

Hilszczanski J.:
The synonymy and distribution of Aegomorphus obscurior (Pic, 1904), new status and occurrence of A. francottei Sama, 1994 in Poland (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Genus, Wroclaw 19 (1): 61-63, 2008. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M. and Shapovalov A.M.:
The occurrence of Aegomorphus wojtylai Hilszczanski et Bystrowski, 2005 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) in Russia.
Eversmannia 9: 8-10, 2007. [download pdf icon]

Aegomorphus francottei
parameres of Aegomorphus francottei [Photo © David Navrátil]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAcanthoderini Thomson, 1860
GenusAegomorphus Haldeman, 1847
SpeciesAegomorphus francottei Sama, 1994