Anaglyptus (Anaglyptus) mysticoides Reitter, 1894
[= Anaglyptus obscurissimus Pic, 1901]
[= Anaglyptus subimpressus Pic, 1901]
[= Anaglyptus mysticus anatolicus Demelt, 1970]
[= Anaglyptus mysticoides obscurissimus Pic, 1901]

Anaglyptus mysticoides

[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing Michal Hoskovec]

Anaglyptus mysticoides has been described as Anaglyptus (Cyrtophorus) mysticoides from Central Caucasus by Edmund Reitter in 1894 [❖]. The nominative subspecies, A. mysticoides is a Caucasian faunistic element occuring in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Larvae develop in dead wood of decidous trees (Quercus, Acer, etc.), adults are diurnal and anthophilous [✧].

The melanic form (M) of this interesting species has been described as Anaglyptus obscurissimus from Tokat by Maurice Pic in 1901 [✬]. For a very long time it was considered a senior synonym of A. mysticoides [✧] and it was not until 2017 that it was restituted as its Turkish subspecies by Hüseyin Ozdikmen, Şener Atak and Fevzi Uçkan [▽]. However, this taxonomically unsubstantiated restitution was rectified by Alexander I. Miroshnikov in 2021 [✮].

Body length:8.9 - 13.2 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus, Αcer, etc.)
Distribution:Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey

The depicted female beetles were collected in: (M) - Yaralıgöz Geçidi (pass) near Kastamonu (1392 m a.s.l., Kastamonu Province, Turkey) on June 21, 2006; (♀) - Manglisi (მანგლისი) environs (Tetritsqaro Municipality, Kvemo Kartli region, Georgia) on June 14, 2015.

Collected by our friends Petr Kabátek and Milan Snížek

Reitter E.:
Zehnter Beitrag zur Coleopteren-Fauna des russischen Reiches.
Wiener Entomologische Zeitung 13: 122-128, 1894. [download pdf icon]

Pic M.:
Notes diverses et diagnoses [6e article].
L'Échange, Revue Linnéenne 17 (200): 57-59, 1901. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H., Atak Ş. and Uçkan F.:
A new subspecies of Anaglyptus mysticoides Reitter, 1894, Anaglyptus mysticoides obscurissimus Pic, 1901 stat. nov., from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 12 (1): 68-70, 2017. [download pdf icon]

Miroshnikov A.I.:
Contribution to the knowledge of the longicorn beetles of the Caucasus. 3. Genus Anaglyptus Mulsant, 1839 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Entomologica Kubanica, Krasnodar 1: 61-103, 2000. [download pdf icon]

Miroshnikov A.I.:
Critical remarks on “Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 6/1. Chrysomeloidea I (Vesperidae, Disteniidae, Cerambycidae). Updated and revised second edition”, Leiden – Boston: Brill, 2020, with corrections and additions.
Caucasian Entomological Bulletin 17 (2): 459-497, 2021. [download pdf icon]

"In fact, this taxon is only an extreme melanistic form, differing from the typical colour form in the entirely black elytra and nothing else. It should be thereby noted that both colour forms are observed in the same populations in Anatolia. In particular, I studied several males from Sivas (collection of Stanislav Kadlec’s, now at the Národní Museum, Prague), one of which has entirely black elytra, and the rest of the specimens demonstrate a typical colouration. It should be noted that the forms with entirely or almost completely black elytra have also been observed in the other Anaglyptus species, thereby they are not geographically isolated in any way and appear intermixed with a typical form in the same populations. Given the above, Anaglyptus mysticoides Reitter, 1894 = Anaglyptus mysticoides obscurissimus Pic, 1901."

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusAnaglyptini Lacordaire, 1869
GenusAnaglyptus Mulsant, 1839
SubgenusAnaglyptus Mulsant, 1839
SpeciesAnaglyptus (Anaglyptus) mysticoides Reitter, 1894