New colourful long-horned beetle discovered in China

Last Updated: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 13:14

Beijing: Scientists have discovered a new species of long-horned beetle, with a blue-greenish body and distinctive blue legs, in China.

The newly discovered long-horned beetle species, Schwarzerium yunnanum was discovered in the Yunnan Province of China.

The beetle family Cerambycidae, also known as long-horned beetles or longicorns, is characterised by emblematic extremely long antennae, which are usually longer than the total body length of the animal.

The family is rather rich in diversity with more than 20,000 species known, distributed worldwide.

Some representatives of these bizarre-shaped beetles, are also known as serious pests with their wood-feeding larvae causing extensive damage to living trees or untreated lumber.

The beetles from this family are mainly associated with leaf litter habitats, where the specimens in this study were also collected, `Science Daily` reported.

Alongside the new species, seven known ones have been recorded from China for the first time.

Among these are the very rare Aphrodisium tricoloripes, known only from China, Myanmar and Vietnam, as well as Chloridolum semipunctatum, so far exclusively found in Northern Laos.

The study was published in the journal Zookeys.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 13:14

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