Provincial and regional distribution of the members of Prioninae subfamily (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in Turkey with their known and new host plants

Abstract :

The paper presents updated provincial and regional distributions in Turkey of the members of Prioninae subfamily with their known host plants. As a result, also confirming the previous works, a total of twelve species-group taxa (nine species and three subspecies) of seven genera belonging to four tribes of Prioninae subfamily (Cerambycidae) were determined. In terms of range of provincial and modern regional distribution in Turkey, Prionus coriarius (Linnaeus) with 36 provinces and 7 regions is strikingly prevailing. Mesoprionus besikanus (Fairmaire) with 32 provinces and 6 regions, Aegosoma scabricorne (Scopoli) with 21 provinces and 6 regions and Rhaesus serricollis (Motschulsky) with 19 provinces and 6 regions follow it. On the contrary of this, Prionus komiyai Lorenc with 1 province and 1 region and Mesoprionus asiaticus (Faldermann) with 2 provinces and 1 region are apparently the rarest species. The remaining taxa with 3-13 provinces and 2-4 regions are narrowly or rather widely distributed in Turkey. Similarly, in terms of the number of host plant families and species, Aegosoma scabricorne (Scopoli) with 40 species of 19 plant families is strikingly prevailing. Prinobius myardi atropos Chevrolat with 31 species of 18 plant families, Prionus coriarius (Linnaeus) with 32 species of 13 plant families, Rhaesus serricollis (Motschulsky) with 18 species of 11 plant families and Prinobius myardi slamorum Danilevsky with 17 species of 11 plant families follow it. On the contrary of this, Prionus komiyai Lorenc with 1 species of 1 plant family and Mesoprionus persicus (Redtenbacher) with 2 species of 1 plant family are monophagous in oak trees. Finally, 3 taxa that are members of the Macrotomini tribe and 1 species that is a member of the Prionini tribe prefer both deciduous trees and coniferous trees as their host plants. However, 1 species that is a member of the Aegosomatini tribe, and the remaining 5 members of the Prionini tribe prefer only deciduous trees as host plant. Interestingly, members of the Ergatini tribe (2 taxa) are determined as polyphagous only in coniferous trees.


Keyword :

Cerambycidae, Prioninae, fauna, host plant, Turkey


Author(s) : Özdikmen, H.
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Published Issue : 2023 Vol. 18 Number 1


2023 Vol. 18 Number 1