Libanoclytus tommasoi Sama, Rapuzzi & Kairouz, 2010

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI
Cerambyx kodymi
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Libanoclytus tommasoi, a striking species known only from Lebanon and Syria, has been described (together with a new genus Libanoclytus) from Lebanon by by Gianfranco Sama, Pierpaolo Rapuzzi and André Kairouz in 2010 [▽]. The Libanoclytus can be easily recognized among the related Clytini genera of the Mediterranean region. From Xylotrechus Chevrolat, 1860 it differs by head without frontal keel and from Clytus Laicharting, 1784, Chlorophorus Chevrolat, 1863 and Pseudosphegesthes Reitter, 1913 by the shape of the prothorax and metepisterns, respectively. The host plant was unknown at the time of description, but it was eventually discovered by Hungarian entomologists in 2016 [❖]. Larvae of Libanoclytus tommasoi develop in dead branches of decidous trees (Morus sp., Ficus carica, Cercis siliquastrum).

Body length:10 - 12 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Morus sp., Ficus carica, Cercis siliquastrum)
Distribution:Lebanon, Syria

The depicted beetles were collected on Ficus carica / reared from larva found in a dead branches of Ficus carica and Morus sp. in Bsharri (بشرّي‎) environs (N34°14′57″ E35°58′34″, 970 m a.s.l., Quadisha Valley, Bsharri District, North Governorate, Lebanon) on June 23, 2016 / May 5-25, 2017.

Collected by M.Boustani, A.Kotán, P.Nemes, T.Németh and W.Yammine

Sama G., Rapuzzi P. and Kairouz A.:
Catalogue commenté des Cerambycidae du Liban. An annotated catalogue of the Cerambycidae of Lebanon (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 30: 131-201, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Márkus A. and Németh T.:
A new species of Alosterna Mulsant, 1863 from Lebanon, and notes on other species (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Folia Entomologica Hungarica, Rovartani Közlemények (series nova) 77: 23-32, 2016. [download pdf icon]

Libanoclytus tommasoi
Libanoclytus tommasoi
[Photo © Tamás Németh]
Libanoclytus tommasoi
Libanoclytus tommasoi and Phymatodes lividus [Photo © Tamás Németh]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusClytini Mulsant, 1839
GenusLibanoclytus Sama, Rapuzzi & Kairouz, 2010
SpeciesLibanoclytus tommasoi Sama, Rapuzzi & Kairouz, 2010