Mallosia (Semnosia) baiocchii (Sama, 2000)
[= Semnosia baiocchii Sama, 2000]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Mallosia baiocchiii
[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Mallosia baiocchii, probably the most spectacular and rarest species of Mallosia genus, has been described as Semnosia baiocchii from Syria (Blūdān) by Gianfanco Sama in 2000 [▽]. This endemic species to Syria, like majority species of the genus, is ecologically associated with big Apiaceae (some specimens were captured close to Hippomarathrum spp., which can be also host plant) in the roots of which its larvae develop.

Body length:25 - 40 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:Apiaceae (Hippomarathrum ?)
Distribution:a species endemic to Syria

The depicted beetle was collected in Blūdān (بلودان) village environs (1600 m a.s.l, Jabal Lubnān ash Sharqī, Al-Zabadani District, Rif Dimashq governorate, Syria) on June 27 - July 5, 1981.

Collected by M. Dietz

Sama G.:
Su alcuni nuovi o interessanti Cerambicidi del medio Oriente (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 13 (supplemento): 91-105, 2000. [download pdf icon]

Khaldoun A. and Rapuzzi P.:
Second contribution to the knowledge of Longhorn Beetles of the Syrian Coastal Region (Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Biodiversity Journal 7 (2): 261-272, 2016. [download pdf icon]

Mesoprionus besikanus - genitalia

Male genitalia of Mallosia (Semnosia) baiocchii (Sama, 2000) in detail: A. aedeagus, B. lateral lobes, C. subgenital plate.
[Photo © David Navrátil]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusMallosia Mulsant, 1863
SubgenusSemnosia K. Daniel, 1904
SpeciesMallosia (Semnosia) baiocchii (Sama, 2000)