Trichoferus ilicis Sama, 1987

Trichoferus ilicis
[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]
Trichoferus ilicis, a rare species endemic Morocco, has been described from Ain Leuh environs (Ifrane province) by Gianfranco Sama in 1987 [❖]. T. ilicis is very similar to Trichoferus fasciculatus (Faldermann, 1837), from which it differs at first glance by the dark coloring of the background of the elytra on which a very unevenly distributed whitish pubescence is very clearly visible (with very often a glabrous zone in the posterior third of the elytra). Its larva develops in living branches (2 to 4 cm in diameter) of Quercus iles [✮].

Body length:9 - 16 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:Quercus ilex
Distribution:a species endemic to Morocco

Depicted beetles weres reared from larvae found in oak (Quercus sp.) twigs collected in: ♂ - Tizi N'Test pass environs (2100-2200 m a.s.l., High Atlas Mts., Al Haouz province, Marrakesh-Safi region, Morocco) on May 15, 2023; ♀ - Col du Zad pass environs (2000 m a.s.l., Middle Atlas Mts., mountain pass in Khénifra Province, Morocco).

Collected by David Navrátil

Sama G.:
Note préliminaire pour une faune des longicornes de l'Afrique du Nord.
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 11 (1): 43-64, 1987. [download pdf icon]

Trócoli S.:
Actualización del catálogo de Longicornios de Marruecos Actualisation du catalogue des Longicornes du Maroc (Parte III / Partie III : Cerambycidae, Cerambycinae).
Revue de l'Association Roussillonnaise d'Entomologie (R.A.R.E.) 28 (3): 143-185, 2019. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusHesperophanini Mulsant, 1839
GenusTrichoferus Wollaston, 1854
SpeciesTrichoferus ilicis Sama, 1987