Apatophysis (Apatophysis) caspica Semenov, 1901


Apatophysis caspica
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Apatophysis caspica, a species with a relatively large area of distribution (Caucasus, Central Asia and Near East), has been described from Turkmenistan by Andrej Petrovitsch Semenov Tian-Shanskij in 1901 [▽]. Bionomy of the species is similar to the sister taxon A. serricornis, it is also occuring in desert and semidesert landscapes of different types, but generally with warmer climate. Larvae develop in roots of desert shrubs and trees (Ephedra, Salsola, Haloxylon, Kalidium). Adults, active from May to August, are crepuscular [✧].

Body length:♂♂ 9.5 - 17 mm / ♀♀ 13 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 and more years [?]
Adults in:May - August
Host plant:roots of desert shrubs and trees (e.g. Ephedra, Salsola, Haloxylon, Kalidium)
Distribution:South Russia, East Georgia, Armenia, Azerbajdzhan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenia, Tadzhikistan, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Jordan

Depicted male beetle was collected in Kamyshchay river valley (Derbent district, Dagestan, North Caucasian Federal District, Russia) on June 14, 2017.

Collected by Maxim E. Smirnov

Semenov Tian-Shanskij A.P.:
Diagnoses praecursoriae specierum novarum generis Apatophysis Chevr. (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Revue Russe d'Entomologie, Saint-Petersbourg 1 (1-2): 28-32, 1901. [download pdf icon]

Danilevsky M.L.:
Apatophysis Chevrolat, 1860 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) of Russia and adjacent regions.
Studies and reports of District Museum Prague-East. Taxonomical Series 4 (1-2): 7-56, 2008. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaDorcasominae Lacordaire, 1869
TribusApatophyseini Lacordaire, 1869
GenusApatophysis Chevrolat, 1860
SubgenusApatophysis Chevrolat, 1860
SpeciesApatophysis (Apatophysis) caspica Semenov, 1901