Xenocerus priunosus HELLER 1918 is another Xenocerus species that I was able to collect in Mindanao. However, based on my observations, it is not so common compared with X. scalaris JORDAN 1894. I only found this in Bukidnon. The size of this species is just comparable to the former but sometimes, the females are bigger.
Note. Photos not to scale.
One of the earliest species of Xenocerus that I was able to collect is Xenocerus scalaris JORDAN 1894 which I have collected in various localities in Mindanao: the mountains surrounding Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, Bukidnon as well as in the mountainous areas of Misamis Oriental. When I first got this one, I mistook it for a cerambycid but it was only later, that I realized that it is not. If I had made a careful analysis of the placement of the antenna, I would not have erred.
I’m not sure the exact haunts and habits of this species or of Xenocerus in general but it seems, based on one collecting trip, can be found in dead and rotting trees.
Note. Photos not to scale.
Genus Xenocerus of subfamily Anthribidae fascinates me ever since I was able to collect several specimens. Maybe its the different patterns that I have observed in the different but few species that I have that is the source of this fascination.
Based from the specimens I have, it seems that the patterns for both male and female are just the same. Just like most beetle species, especially those from family Cerambycidae, males have longer antennae than the females. To the untrained eye, one may mistake this for a cerambycid which was the case for me when I first collected a specimen.
To date, I only have around 6 species from this genus with 5 already mounted and included in the gallery. Four were collected in Mindanao while one each was collected in Leyte and Bohol. I’m not really familiar with this genus and don’t have any literature pertaining to the species that can be found in this country.
From an email that I received from Eduard Vives about a year ago, he mentioned that this might be possibly a new species of Epipedocera. If that’s the case, then this will be the third species of the genus to be found in the country.
Collected in Pasil, Ifugao during a trip with Paul Siraudeau, its a bit bigger than the two previous Epipedocera species and darker with no reddish tinge.
Another cerambycid from the genus Epipedocera that can be found in the country is Epipedocera lunata NEWMAN 1842. It occurs together with the species featured in the previous post and what differs this from the latter is the general coloration where the pronotum and upper elytra near the base is reddish in color.
I really don’t have the relevant literature and I can’t say where this species originally was described but this is just a recent record for the Philippines.