Continuation of saproxylic beetles research

2021 01 12

Continuing the research of saproxylic beetles, entomologists of Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoology Museum initiated a project to analyze the distribution of longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae) in Lithuania and the south-eastern Baltic region.

Journal Biologija has published a paper A survey of Lepturinae Latreille, 1802 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) of the south-eastern Baltic region (Lithuania and the Kaliningrad Region) by Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoology Museum entomologist dr. Vytautas Tamutis and Širsov Institute of Oceanology (Kaliningrad Region, Russia) researcher dr. Vitalii Alekseev. The paper presents the first review of the composition and distribution of the species Lepturinae Latreille, 1802 subfamily in the south-eastern Baltic region. A total of more than 3,000 records have been analyzed and more than 4,600 specimens collected since 1888 have been examined. The subfamily is confirmed to be represented by four tribes, 26 genera, and 38 species in the region. The information on the distribution, frequency, and some features of ecology and zoogeography of 51 species found and expected to be found in the region is confirmed and detailed in the paper. Local temporal and geographical distributions of 36 species are mapped.

Photo of Carilia virginea by R. Ferenca

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