Trichoferus samai Kadlec & Rejzek, 2001

Trichoferus samai
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Trichoferus samai has been described from Turkey by Stanislav Kadlec and Martin Rejzek [❖]. The biology of Trichoferus samai resembles Ropalopus ungaricus (Herbst, 1784) to some extent. About ten early instar larvae of Trichoferus samai were collected under bark of living branches of a shrubby maple (Acer sp.) species where they fed on phloem creating an irregularly oval area. Later they entered the wood where they constructed the pupal cells. The next year 2 adults appeared. We believe that under natural conditions the development lasts at least two years. It was very difficult to recognise an attacked branch. Only rarely did the larval activity cause splitting of the living bark and sometimes the sap was oozing from these wounds. Bases of the branches were attacked more frequently than their distal part.

Body length:13 - 16 mm
Life cycle:at least 2 years
Adults in:July - August
Host plant:maple (Acer sp.)
Distribution:a species endemic to Turkey

The depicted beetles were reared from larvae collected in living maple found in the plateaus under summit of Nemrut Dagi Mt. (Adiyaman prov., Anatolia, SE Turkey). [❖]

Collected by M.Rejzek

Kadlec S. and Rejzek M.:
Trichoferus samai, a new species from Turkey (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 17 (4): 295-302, 2001. [download pdf icon]

Rejzek M. and Hoskovec M.:
Cerambycidae of Nemrut Dagi National Park (Anatolia, South-East Turkey).
Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 15 (4): 257-272, 1999. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusHesperophanini Mulsant, 1839
GenusTrichoferus Wollaston, 1854
SpeciesTrichoferus samai Kadlec & Rejzek, 2001