Кавказский энтомол. бюллетень 11(1): 43–44 © CAUCASIAN ENTOMOLOGICAL BULL. 2015

A new species of the genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from the Near East

Новый вид жуков-усачей рода Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) с Ближнего Востока

D.G. Kasatkin Д.Г. Касаткин

Rostov Branch of FSI “VNIIKR”, 20th line, 43/16, Rostov-on-Don 344018 Russia. E-mail: kassatkind@mail.ru Ростовский филиал ФГУ «ВНИИКР», 20-я линия, 43/13, Ростов-на-Дону 344018 Россия

Key words: Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Phytoecia, Coptosia, new species, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran.

Ключевые слова: Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Phytoecia, Coptosia, новый вид, Турция, Азербайджан, Иран.

Abstract. Phytoecia (Coptosia) urartica sp. n. is described from Muş Province (Eastern Turkey), Western Iran and South-Eastern Azerbaijan. The new species is most close to Ph. (C.) brunnerae Sama, 2000 and Ph. (C.) albovittigera Heyden, 1863.

Резюме. Описан новый вид Phytoecia (Coptosia) urartica sp. n. из провинции Муш в Восточной Турции, Западного Ирана и Юго-Восточного Азербайджана. Новый вид наиболее близок к Ph. (C.) brunnerae Sama, 2000 и Ph. (C.) albovittigera Heyden, 1863.

As a result of the author’s fieldwork a new species of the genus Phytoecia Dejean,1835 was collected in Eastern Turkey in 2009. Later one specimen of this species was found in the collection of Natural History Museum of Prague (MNP) and one more specimen was collected in Western Iran.

Phytoecia (Coptosia) urartica sp. n.

(Color plate 7: 1, 2)

Material. Holotype, : Turkey, Muş Prov., 4 km SW Varto vill., near Taşdibek, 17–18.05.2009 (leg. D. Kasatkin, I. Shokhin) (in author’s collection). Paratypes: 1, Iran, West Azerbaijan Prov., near Piranshahr vill., 2100 m, 17.05.2015 (leg. D. Kasatkin) (in author’s collection); 1, “Kaukasus, Lenkoran, v. Bodemeyer”, “C. ganglbaueri m. vseteckai Heyr., Vorisek det., 1970”, “Coptosia albovittigera” (MNP).

Description. Body length 10.5–11 mm. Body black, tibiae (and femora of the paratype), and partly tarsomers red-brown; apical tarsomer obscured; antennae red-brown, 1st antennomer black.

Head with long erect brown hairs and dense recumbent cream-colored pubescence, dense punctated. Antennae short, thick, reaching last elytral third; 3rd antennomer shorter than 1st and a bit longer than 4th. Antennomers 1–3 completely covered with not dense yellowish pubescence and some long erect dark brown hairs; antennomers 4–9 with dirty-white hairs ring on base and pair of long erect hairs on low side.

Pronotum slightly transverse (1.13 times as wide as long), cask shaped, with long erect brown hairs; covered with brown

recumbent pubescence (hidden sculpture) and with 3 bright white longitudinal stripes: 1 in middle of pronotum and 2 on margins of disc.

Elytra elongated, 3.75 times as long as pronotum, almost parallel; distinctly narrowed on level between humori and the middle; punctation coarse and moderately dense. Elytra covered with brown recumbent pubescence (not hidden sculpture); light pubescence forming bright white sutural, humeral and external dorsal stripes; marginal and internal dorsal stripes forming light- brown pubescence; additionally elytra densely covered with long erect dark-brown hairs entire all length.

Ventral side of body and legs covered with dense recumbent cream-colored pubescence and with some long erect light hairs.

Differential diagnosis. The new species is most similar to Ph. (C.) brunnerae Sama, 2000 (Color plate 7: 3) distributed in Syria, Iranian species Ph. (C.) gianassoi Sama, 2007 and Ph. (C.) albovittigera Heyden, 1863 (Color plate 7: 4) from Balkan and Western Turkey. It differs from Ph. (C.) brunnerae by narrower pronotal lateral stripes, body shape, more thickened antennae, not apically obscured cuticle of antennomeres, unequal colour of elytral stripes. The new species differs from Ph. (C.) albovittigera by presence distinct of light-brown internal dorsal and marginal stripes, legs and antennal coloration, properties of erect body hairs. Phytoecia (C.) gianassoi differs from the new species by antennal coloration, form of pronotum and elytra, absence of numerous long erect hairs on elytra and pronotum, black antennomeres and elytral pattern (according to the original description [Sama, 2007]).

Distribution. The new species is known from Eastern Turkey, Western Iran and South-Eastern Azerbaijan (Talysh).

Biology. The holotype was collected on Boraginacea (probably Moltkia sp. in early vegetation stage) in mountain steppe landscape (Figs 5–6).

Etymology. The name of the new species is associated with the ancient kingdom Urartu, which previously existed on the territory of the type locality.

A new species of the genus Phytoecia Dejean, 1835 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) Color plate 7.


Figs 1–4. Species of the subgenus Coptosia Fairmaire, 1864.

1–2 – Phytoecia (Coptosia) urartica sp. n.: 1 – female, holotype (Turkey, Muş Province), 2 – female, paratype (Azerbaijan, Lenkoran); 3 – Phytoecia

(Coptosia) brunnerae Sama, 2000, female, paratype (Syria); 4 – Phytoecia (Coptosia) albovittigera Heyden, 1863, female (Greece).

Рис. 1–4. Виды подрода Coptosia Fairmaire, 1864.

1–2 – Phytoecia (Coptosia) urartica sp. n.: 1 – самка, голотип (Турция, провинция Муш), 2 – самка, паратип (Азербайджан, Ленкорань); 3 – Phytoecia (Coptosia) brunnerae Sama, 2000, самка, паратип (Сирия); 4 – Phytoecia (Coptosia) albovittigera Heyden, 1863, самка (Греция).

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Figs 5–6. Host plant (5) and habitat (6 – Eastern Turkey, Varto environs) of Phytoecia (Coptosia) urartica sp. n.

Рис. 5–6. Кормовое растение (5) и местообитание (6 – Восточная Турция, близ Варто) Phytoecia (Coptosia) urartica sp. n.


The author sincerely thanks to Mr. Jiří Hájek (National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic) for loan of Cerambycidae species.


Sama G. 2007. Description of a new Coptosia Fairmaire, 1864 from Iran (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Lamiinae, Phytoeciini). Atti della Società italiana di scienze naturali e del Museo civico di storia naturale di Milano. 148(I): 97–100.