Plagionotus arcuatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
ssp. shirazensis Królik, Kruszelnicki, Lasoń & Walczak, 2021

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI
Plagionotus arcuatus shirazensis
[Photo © Lech Kruszelnicki]

Plagionotus arcuatus shirazensis, a distinctive subspecies of widely distributed P. arcuatus endemic to Iran, has been described by Roman Królik, Lech Kruszelnicki, Andrzej Lasoń and Marcin Walczak in 2021. The description with well presented differential diagnosis and the determination key of all known subspecies of Plagionotus arcuatus was published in an excellent paper in Zootaxa [❖].

Body length:♂ 11.5-18.5 mm / ♀ 12.2-16.6 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:probably Quercus macranthera
Distribution:an endemic subspecies to Iran

The depicted beetles (paratypes) were collected in the species' type locality - 5 km SW of Dasht-e Arzhan (دشت ارژن) village (N29°37′55″ E51°56′25″; 2160 m a.s.l., Arzhan district, Shiraz vounty, Fars province, Iran) on April 30 - May 2, 2016.

Collected by our friend Lech Kruszelnicki

Królik R., Kruszelnicki L., Lasoń A., Walczak M.:
Notes on the subspecies of Plagionotus arcuatus (Linnaeus, 1758) with description of a new subspecies from Iran (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Zootaxa 4942 (4): 558-568, 2021. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusClytini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPlagionotus Latreille, 1829
SpeciesPlagionotus arcuatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
SubspeciesPlagionotus arcuatus shirazensis Królik, Kruszelnicki, Lasoń & Walczak, 2021