Dorcadion kapchagaicum Danilevsky, 1996 *

Karpinski, Lech, Szczepanski, Wojciech T., lewa, Radoslaw, Walczak, Marcin, Hilszczanski, Jacek, Kruszelnicki, Lech, Los, Krzysztof, Jaworski, Tomasz, Marek Bidas, & Tarwacki, Grzegorz, 2018, New data on the distribution, biology and ecology of the longhorn beetles from the area of South and East Kazakhstan (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae), ZooKeys 805, pp. 59-126: 88-89

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Dorcadion kapchagaicum Danilevsky, 1996 *


Dorcadion kapchagaicum Danilevsky, 1996 *   Fig. 7C, D

Material examined.

Almaty Region: 8 km N of Kapchagay [ Қапшағай] (43°56'N, 77°02'E), 610 m a.s.l., 1 V 2017, 7♂♂, 7♀♀, leg. RP; 9♂♂, 6♀♀, leg. JH; 10♂♂, 6♀♀, leg. KL; 1♂, leg. GT; 50 km N of Kapchagay [ Қапшағай] (44°18'N, 76°56'E), 587 m a.s.l., 1 V 2017, 4♂♂, 3♀♀, leg. RP; 4♂♂, 2♀♀, leg. JH; 2♂♂, 6♀♀, leg. KL; 3♂♂, leg. GT.


Dorcadion kapchagaicum   is endemic to southeastern Kazakhstan. The species is distributed in the area located to the north and west of the Kapchagay Reservoir, where it prefers clayey, semi-desert habitats in plains and foothills. The larvae feed on roots of various species of Poaceae   . The beetles occur at altitudes of approx. 700 m a.s.l. where they feed on their host plants. The adults are active from the end of April to the beginning of June ( Toropov and Milko 2013). According to Danilevsky (1996b), the most related taxon is Dorcadion tschitscherini   Jakovlev, 1900, which is distributed slightly more to the south between the cities of Kapchagay and Almaty.

Numerous individuals were collected in steppe habitats in the area north of Kapchagay. At that time, the gender ratio of the observed population was rather equal.