Trichoferus georgioui Sama et Makris, 2001

Trichoferus georgioui
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Trichoferus georgioui, an interesting endemic species to Cyprus, has been described from Paphos environs (Cyprus) Gianfranco Sama and Christodoulos Makris in 2001 [❖]. Like related species of the genus, T. georgioui is a nocturnal beetle, which can be attracted to light or can also be caught using vine traps. It is probably a polyphagous species with development in dying/dead wood of deciduous trees (development in Ceratonia siliqua is proven [✧]), relatively widely distributed at lower and medium altitudes in the southern and southwestern foothills of the Troodos Mountains.

Body length:12 - 16 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:probably polyphagous in deciduous trees (e.g. Ceratonia siliqua )
Distribution:an endemic species to Cyprus

The depicted mounted males were collected in: ♂P (paratype) - wine trap on Crataegus in Monagri (Μονάγρι) village (450 m a.s.l., Limassol district, Cyprus) on July 7, 2000; ♂ - wine trap in Agios Silas (Άγιος Συλάς) environs (200 m a.s.l., Ypsonas, Limassol district, Cyprus) on July 4, 2001.

Collected by Gabriel Georgiou

Sama G. and Makris Ch.:
Description of Trichoferus georgioui sp. nov. from Cyprus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Entomologische Zeitschrift 111 (6): 166-167, 2001. [download pdf icon]

Ambrus R., Grosser W. and Hrbek J.:
Contribution to the knowledge of longhorn beetles from Cyprus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Humanity space International Almanac 3 (2): 173-190, 2014. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusHesperophanini Mulsant, 1839
GenusTrichoferus Wollaston, 1854
SpeciesTrichoferus georgioui Sama et Makris, 2001