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Korean Journal of Applied Entomology Vol.60 No.3 pp.335-338

First Record of Subgenus Pronocerodes Plavilstshikov (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Ropalopus) from Korea

Seunghyun Lee, Seunghwan Oh1, Minhyeuk Lee2,3, Jinbae Seung4, Seunghwan Lee2,4*
Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100101, China
1Manseung Blgd., 49, Myeongseong-ro 149-gil, Galmal-eup, Cheorwon 24037, Korea
2Insect Biosystematics Laboratory, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
3Korea National Park Service, Wonju 26466, Korea
4Research Institute for Agricultural and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
June 15, 2021 August 25, 2021 August 30, 2021


The subgenus Pronocerodes Plavilstshikov (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae) is reported from Korea for the first time with a species of Ropalopus (Pronocerodes) aurantiicollis Plavilstshikov, 1940. The morphological information is provided with a key to the Korean Ropalopus and photographs of an adult specimen.

한국산 미기록아속 Pronocerodes Plavilstshikov (딱정벌레목: 하늘소과: 삼나무하늘소속)에 대한 보고

이 승현, 오 승환1, 이 민혁2,3, 승 진배4, 이 승환2,4*
중국과학원 동물계통진화학 중점연구소
1Longicornia 곤충연구소
2서울대학교 농생명공학부 곤충계통분류학연구실
4서울대학교 농업생명과학연구원


하늘소아과 검정삼나무하늘소속의 미기록아속인 호리검정삼나무하늘소아속(신칭)에 속하는 Ropalopus (Pronocerodes) aurantiicollis Plavilstshikov, 1940의 한반도 분포를 처음으로 보고한다. 형태적 기재와 사진, 국내 검정삼나무하늘소속의 검색표를 함께 제공한다.

    The subfamily Cerambycinae is the second-largest group of the family Cerambycidae with approximately 11,000 species from 1,700 genera worldwide (Švácha and Lawrence, 2014, Lee and Lee, 2020). In Korea, 114 species from 54 genera of the subfamily were reported by far (Jang et al., 2015;Lee and Lee, 2016, 2018). Among Cerambycinae, Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839 is a small genus composed of 25 species from three subgenera worldwide: The West Palaearctic subgenus Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839 contains 21 species, the East Palaearctic subgenera Prorrhopalopus Plavilstshikov, 1921 and Pronocerodes Plavilstshikov, 1940 contains two species respectively (Tavakilian and Chevillotte, 2012). Until now, two species from a subgenus Prorrhopalopus were reported in South Korea: Ropalopus (Prorrhopalopus) signaticollis Solsky, 1872 and Ropalopus (Prorrhopalopus) speciosus Plavilstshikov, 1921 (Jang et al., 2015;Oh and Jang, 2015). Both species occur in the northern deciduous forest of South Korea with a low population level (Jang et al., 2015). In this paper, the subgenus Pronocerodes is reported for the first time in Korea with a species Ropalopus (Pronocerodes) aurantiicollis Plavilstshikov, 1940.

    Materials and methods

    In 2015, one dead female specimen was found near the construction site in Yongdae national recreational forest (Gangwon-do, South Korea). The authors have visited the collection site numerous times after the first discovery but no additional specimen has been found thereafter. The single specimen used in this study was deposited in Insect Collection in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University [CALS], Korea. Illustrations were made with a Canon digital camera EOS 70D, Tamron 60mm f/2, or Canon MP-E 65 mm f/2.8 1–5x macro lens mounted, controlled by Cognisys Stackshot. Multiple layers of photographs were stacked using Zerene Stacker 1.04 software (Zerene Systems 2014;

    Systematic accounts

    Tribe Callidiini Kirby, 1837 삼나무하늘소족

    Genus Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839 검정삼나무하늘소속

    Ropalopus Mulsant, 1839: 40. type species Callidium clavipes Fabricius, 1775

    Subgenus Pronocerodes Plavilstshikov, 1940: 248 type species Rhopalopus ruficollis Matsumura, 1911 호리검정삼나 무하늘소아속(신칭)

    Ropalopus (Pronocerodes) aurantiicollis Plavilstshikov, 1940 호리검정삼나무하늘소(신칭) (Figs. 1, 2)

    Ropalopus aurantiicollis Plavilstshikov, 1940: 250

    Morphological comments. Easily recognized from other Ropalpus species by elongated elytra and absence of punctuation on pronotum. Body length 15.3 mm. Head black without punctuation, sparsely pubescent with golden hairs. Frons with short longitudinal suture in the middle. Antennae black, slightly shorter than body length in female. Antennomere I moderately enlarged, minute proximal spine present on apex of antennomere 3-7. Pronotum red, anterior and posterior margin darkened, marginally punctured but punctureless in middle, slightly wider than long, markedly convex, smoothly projected laterally in anterior half, narrow more in posterior half. Prosternum red with darkened margin, transverse wrinkles present in middle, intercoxal prosternal process relatively narrow, slightly dilated at apex. Elytra black with faint metallic navy sheen, glabrous, finely wrinkled, notably longer than wide, almost parallel with rounded apex. Mesoventrite, metaventrite and abdominal segments black with pale hairs. Legs black, sparsely pubescent, distal half of fore and middle femora, distal third of hind femora notably swollen. Ovipositor missing.

    Material Examined. [SNU] 1♀, Yongdae-ri, Buk-myeon, Injae-gun, Gangwon-do, Korea, 2014. vi. 06. Seunghyun Lee leg.

    Distribution. Korea (new record) and Russian Far East.

    Remarks. Biology (e.g. host plants, feeding habit of larva, etc.) of R. aurantiicollis is unknown. The species is rare in Russian Far East (Cherepanov, 1981).

    Key to species of the genus Ropalopus in Korea

    • 1. - Pronotum without distinct punctuation. Pronotum round, not angulated laterally ·········· subgenus Pronocerodes: Ropalopus (Pronocerode) aurantiicollis Plavilstshikov, 1940

      • - Pronotum with uneven minute punctuation but partly punctureless in center. Pronotum laterally projected forming smooth or distinct angulationQ ···································· ······································ 2 (subgenus Prorrhopalopus)

    • 2. - Head with distinct longitudinal suture. Pronotum reddish or black with dense rugose punctuation, pronotum abruptly projected forming distinct lateral angulation. Elytra matte black ················· Ropalopus(Prorrhopalopus) signaticollis Solsky, 1873

    • - Head lacks distinct longitudinal suture. Pronotum red with sparse minute punctuation, pronotum slightly and smoothly projected laterally. Elytra black with metallic blue sheen ·························· Ropalopus(Prorrhopalopus) speciosus Plavilstshikov, 1915


    This study is supported by the National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR), funded by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) of the Republic of Korea (NIBR202002205).


    Ropalopus (Pronocerodes) aurantiicollis Plavilstshikov, 1940 A. Dorsal habitus, female. B. Ventral habitus, female. (scale bar: 5 mm).


    R. aurantiicollis Plavilstshikov A. Head and pronotum enlarged, dorsal. B. Head and prosternum enlarged, ventral. (scale bar: 2 mm).


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