Prosopocera (Alphitopola) unicolor (Gahan, 1898)
ssp. maculicornis Gahan, 1890
[= Prosopocera (Alphitopola) patriziana Breuning, 1934]
[= Prosopocera (Alphitopola) parvula Breuning, 1934]
[= Prosopocera (Alphitopola) albescens Breuning, 1938]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: PROSOPOCERINI
Prosopocera unicolor
[Photo © Udo Schmidt]

Prosopocera unicolor, an interesting East-African faunistic element extending in the north of its distribution range to the Arabian Peninsula, has been described from Samburu environs (Kenya) as Alphitopola unicolor by Charles Joseph Gahan in 1898 [✧].

Body length:10 - 21 mm
Life cycle:1 year [?]
Adults in:depends on region
Host plant:polyphagous in broadleaf trees and shrubs
Distribution:Saudi Arabia, Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia)

Depicted mounted beetle (19.3 mm) was collected in Salt Lick Lodge environs (900 m a.s.l., Taita Hills, Tsavo National Park, Kenya) on November 30, 1991.

Collected by Udo Schmidt

Gahan Ch.J.:
Descriptions of new Longicorn Coleoptera from East Africa.
The Annals and Magazine of Natural History, London 2 (7) 7: 40-59, 1898. [download pdf icon]

Holzschuh C. and Teocchi P.:
Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of Saudi Arabia: Part I, Lamiinae.
Fauna of Saudi Arabia 12 [1991]: 295-311, 1992. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusProsopocerini Thomson, 1868
GenusProsopocera Dejean, 1835
SubgenusAlphitopola Thomson, 1857
SpeciesProsopocera (Alphitopola) unicolor (Gahan, 1898)