Callidium (Callidium) libani Sama & Rapuzzi, 2002

Callidium libani

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Callidium libani, a rare endemic species to Lebanon, has been described from Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve (North Lebanon) by Gianfranco Sama and Pierpaolo Rapuzzi in 2002 [❖]. C. libani is a sister species of Callidium syriacum Pic, 1892, from which it can be easily distinguished by longer antennae (with 2nd to 4th antennal segments in males distinctly thickened at apices), by pronotum, head and first antennal segments more densely clothed with pubescence and by different elytral puncturation [❖]. Larvae of C. libani develop in dead branches of coniferous trees (Cedrus libani, Abies cilicica).

Body length:11 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:April - June
Host plant:Cedrus libani, Abies cilicica
Distribution:an endemic species to Lebanon

The depicted beetles were reared from larvae found in dead Cedrus libani branch in ancient cedar forest 1 km E Ariz Horsh Arz el-Rab (N34°14.494′ E36°02.884′; Bsharri district, North governorate, Lebanon) on May 9, 2017.

Collected by Tamás Németh and Attila Kotán

Sama G. and Rapuzzi P.:
Descrizione di nuovi Cerambycidae del Libano (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 16 (supplemento): 111-118, 2002. [download pdf icon]

Callidium libani
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallidiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusCallidium Fabricius, 1775
SubgenusCallidium Fabricius, 1775
SpeciesCallidium (Callidium) libani Sama & Rapuzzi, 2002