Ropalopus (Pronocerodes) ruficollis Matsumura, 1911

Ropalopus ruficollis

[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Ropalopus ruficollis, an extremely rare endemic species to Russian Far East, has been described from Tunaycha lake environs (Sakhalin) by Shonen Matsumura in 1911 [▽]. Only a few specimens of this interesting species are known and nothing is known about its biology.

Body length:12 - 14 mm
Life cycle:2 years [?]
Adults in:June - July
Host plant:probably polyphagous in deciduous trees [?]
Distribution:an endemic species to Russian Far East (Sakhalin and Primorye)

Depicted mounted female beetle (11 mm) was collected on the west foot of Mount Bolshevik (Большевик) (N46°56′41″ E142°46′30″; 185 m a.s.l., Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Ю́жно-Сахали́нск) environs, Sakhalin oblast, Far Eastern Federal District, Russia) on July 14-15, 2011.

Collected by Kirill V. Makarov and A. Zaitsev

Matsumura S.:
Erster Beitrag zur Insekten-Fauna von Sachalin.
Journal of the College of Agriculture, Tohoku Imperial University, Sapporo 4 (1): 1-145 [page 138], 1911. [download pdf icon]

Cherepanov A.I.:
Cerambycidae of Northern Asia, Volume 2 - Cerambycinae Part I.
Amerind Publishing, New Delhi: 304pp [page 184], 1988. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallidiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusRopalopus Mulsant, 1839
SubgenusPronocerodes Plavilstshikov, 1940
SpeciesRopalopus (Pronocerodes) ruficollis Matsumura, 1911