Phymatodes (Phymatoderus) wrzecionkoi (Rapuzzi & Sama, 2010)

Phymatodes wrzecionkoi
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Phymatodes (Phymatoderus) wrzecionkoi, a rare species occuring in Syria and South Turkey, has been described as Poecilium wrzecionkoi from Ṣlenfah environs (Syria) by Pierpaolo Rapuzzi and Gianfranco Sama in 2010 [❖]. P. wrzecionkoi resembles P. (Phymatoderus) pusillus pusillus (Fabricius, 1787) recorded from northern and central Europe and it is chiefly similar to P. pusillus barbipes (Küster, 1847) occuring in Czechia (Moravia), Slovakia and Greece. All known P. wrzecionkoi specimens were reared from larvae feeding in dead oak branches (Quercus sp.), previously attacked by Corebus sp. (Coleoptera, Buprestidae) [❖].

Body length:6 - 8 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - June [?]
Host plant:Quercus spp.
Distribution:Syria, South Turkey [✳]

The mounted female beetle (paratype) was reared from larva found in dead Quercus branch in Ṣlenfah (صلنفة) environs (1300-1800 m a.s.l., Jibāl an Nuşayrīyah Mts., Al-Haffah district, Latakia governorate, Syria) on April 27, 2008.

Collected by Antonín Wrzecionko

Rapuzzi P. and Sama G.:
Description of new Cerambycidae from Greece, Turkey, northern Syria and China (Insecta Coleoptera Cerambycidae).
Quaderni di Studi e Notizie di Storia Naturale della Romagna 29 2009]: 181-188, 2010. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H.:
Members of the genus Phymatodes Mulsant (Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae: Callidiini) in Turkey with three new records for Turkey.
Munis Entomology & Zoology 16 (2): 1103-1117, 2021. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallidiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhymatodes Mulsant, 1839
SubgenusPhymatoderus Reitter, 1913
SpeciesPhymatodes (Poecilium) wrzecionkoi (Rapuzzi & Sama, 2010)