Purpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
ssp. hermonensis Rapuzzi & Sama, 2013

Purpuricenus interscapillatus hermonensis
[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Purpuricenus interscapillatus, a rare taxon occuring in Turkey and Near East, has been originally described from Asia Minor as Purpuricenus budensis v. humeralis by Maurice Pic in 1891 [✧]. But thanks to preoccupation of name humeralis, valid is name Purpuricenus budensis v. interscapillatus published first by Nikolai Nikolaevitch Plavilstshikov in 1937 [✮]. However, it is currently considered a separate species with many subspecies (Rapuzzi P. and Sama G., 2013 [❖]). Its subspecies P. interscapillatus hermonensis, known from Israel and Syria, has been decribed from Mt. Hermon in Israel by Gianfranco Sama in 2013 [❖].

Body length:12 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:June - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus spp., Prunus, Crateaegus)
Distribution:Lebanon, Syria

The depicted female beetle was reared from larva found in branch of the Mount Tabor oak (Quercus ithaburensis) in Odem (אדֶם) settlement environs (700 m a.s.l., Golan Heights, Israel) on February 21, 1998.

Collected by Gianfranco Sama

Pic M.:
Faune Franco-algérienne (variétés).
Matériaux pour servir à l'étude des Longicornes 1 (1): 1-50, 1891. [download pdf icon]

Plavilstshikov N.N.:
Synonymische Bemerkungen über Cerambyciden (Coleoptera) IV.
Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstage von Professor Dr. Embrik Strand 3: 246-248, 1937.

Rapuzzi P. and Sama G.:
Revision of the Purpuricenus interscapillatus species - group and allied taxa (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Fragmenta entomologica, Roma 45 (1-2): 143-171, 2013. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusTrachyderini Dupont, 1836
GenusPurpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
SpeciesPurpuricenus interscapillatus hermonensis Rapuzzi & Sama, 2013