Purpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
ssp. nabateus Sama, 1999
[= Purpuricenus nabateus Sama, 1999]

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

Purpuricenus interscapillatus nabateus, a subspecies endemic to Jordan where it inhabits mountainous ranges with shrubby oak in which it also develops, was originally described by Gianfranco Sama [✧] as separate species. This southernmost population of P. interscapillatus is characterized by the very small and short black spot on elytra.

Body length:12 - 18 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May and June
Host plant:Quercus calliprinos, Crataegus azarolus, Prunus korshinskyi and Rhamnus sp.
Distribution:an endemic species to Jordan

The mounted beetles were collected in Dana (ضانا) village environs (N30.70° E35.59°, 1398 m a.s.l., Tafilah Governorate, Jordan) on May 9, 1998. The depicted living female specimen was reared from larva found in oak branch in South Jordan.

Collected by Walter Grosser and Martin Rejzek

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]

Sama G.:
Cérambycides nouveaux de la faune de Jordanie (Coleoptera : Cerambycidae).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 15 (2) [1998]: 175-182, 1999. [download pdf icon]

Purpuricenus interscapillatus nabateus
Purpuricenus interscapillatus nabateus
Purpuricenus interscapillatus nabateus
[Photo © Martin Rejzek]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusTrachyderini Dupont, 1836
GenusPurpuricenus Dejean, 1821
SpeciesPurpuricenus interscapillatus Plavilstshikov, 1937
SubspeciesPurpuricenus interscapillatus nabateus Sama, 1999