Australian longhorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) by Adam Slipinski, Hermes Escalona

By Adam Slipinski, Hermes Escalona

Longhorn Beetles ― Cerambycidae are the most simply famous teams of beetles, a family members that around the globe encompasses over 33 000 species in 5200 genera. With over 1400 species categorized in three hundred genera, this is often the 6th biggest between 117 beetle households in Australia.

These beetles frequently assault and kill dwelling woodland or orchard timber and strengthen in building bushes (like the ecu apartment borer, brought to WA), inflicting critical harm. nearly all Cerambycidae feed on residing or useless plant tissues and play an important function in all terrestrial environments the place vegetation are chanced on. Larvae frequently make the most of broken or lifeless bushes for his or her improvement, and during feeding on rotten wooden shape an immense component to the saproxylic fauna, dashing power move in those habitats. Many species are indexed as quarantine pests as a result of their damaging position to the bushes industry.

This moment of 3 volumes on Australian Longhorn Beetles covers the taxonomy of genera of the Cerambycinae, with reviews on usual historical past and morphology. 100 and forty-two Cerambycinae genera are clinically determined and defined, an illustrated key to their id is supplied, and pictures illustrate representatives of genera and of tangible sort specimens.

A complete directory of all Australian species with synonymies and bibliographic citations is usually integrated.

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The metendosternite is very variable in Cerambycidae (Fig. 14D,E) but usually has moderately developed lateral arms, short laminae (absent in Prioninae and Parandrinae), no anterior process and the anterior tendons are close together or widely separated. The hind wings are usually well developed (Fig. 9C) but brachyptery and winglessness are not uncommon in many unrelated groups, particularly in Lamiinae. A rare case of sexual dimorphism occurs in Storeyandra frenchi (Parandrinae) with flightless males and winged females.

Thoracic and abdominal segments are often provided with large areas of microscopic spines or patches of asperities, and with dorsal and ventral fleshy locomotory ampullae.  Uracanthus — Fig. 19E, Scolecobrotus, Arhopalus). Head The larval head provides most of the diagnostic characters used in cerambycid classification. The head capsule is prognathous and longer than wide in most Lamiinae (Fig. 23D) but subquadrate or transverse in most Prioninae and Cerambycinae (Figs 23A, 24A) and usually deeply retracted into the prothorax.

Vastator) is a serious pest of grapevines in the Lower Hunter Valley (New South Wales) where it is known to have infested up to 70% of vines in some vineyards between 1988 and 1990 (Goodwin et al. 1994). The same species is attacking mango trees in the Northern Territory (Smith 1996). Two Lamiinae species (Rhytiphora diva and R. stigmatica — Lucerne Crown Borers) are capable of attacking healthy woody and herbaceous plants and are regarded as minor pests of soybeans, lucerne and summer pulses in tropical Queensland.

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