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Revista Brasileira de Entomologia

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Rev. Bras. entomol. vol.59 no.1 São Paulo Jan./Mar. 2015 

Short Communication

First record of Molorchus minor minor (Linnaeus) (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) in Brazil

Ubirajara R. Martins a  

Maria Helena M. Galileo b   *  

Antonio Santos-Silva a  

aMuseu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

bPrograma de Pós-Graduação em Biologia Animal, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil


Molorchus minor minor (Linnaeus) (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) is recorded for the first time in Brazil (Bahia). It was originally described from Europe and is currently widely distributed in that continent and Asia.

Key words: Cerambycinae; Molorchini; Neotropical; New record

Molorchini Gistel is a tribe of Cerambycinae that occurs in the Americas, only in Canada, the United States, Cuba and parts of South America. The tribe is represented on the American continent by two genera: Molorchus Fabricius, 1793, with M. bimaculatus Say, 1824 (with six subspecies), M. eburneus Linsley, 1931, and M. longicollis LeConte, 1873; and Merionoedopsis Gounelle, 1911, with M. aeneiventrisGounelle, 1911, and M. brevipennis Melzer, 1934 (Monné, 2014).

During the process of identification of specimens of Cerambycidae sent by Vitor Becker (a Brazilian expert in Lepidoptera), we found two female specimens of Molorchus minor minor (Linnaeus, 1758). The specimens were collected on November 23, 2013 in the Brazilian state of Bahia, in the city of Porto Seguro (Arraial d'Ajuda; 16°27'S, 39°03'W; 40 m). As two specimens were collected, we believe that the species is acclimated and may be reproducing in Brazil.

Molorchus minor minor was originally described from Europe, without detailed place. According to Sama (2002), M. minor is recorded in "Europe, Turkey, Iran, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Siberia, Mongolia, Korean peninsula, northern China, Japan," and according to him: "Development in coniferous trees: Abies, Picea, Pinus, Larix."

Pinus has been widely used in reforestation areas in southern Bahia. Thus, the existence of this kind of tree in the area makes it possible to maintain a population of M. m. minor.


We express our sincere thanks to Larry G. Bezark, for the corrections to the manuscript.


Monné, M.A., 2014. Catalogue of the Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of the Neotropical Region. Available at: [accessed 5 Dec 2014]. [ Links ]

Sama, G., 2002. Atlas of the Cerambycidae of Europe and the Mediterranean Area. Volume 1: Northern, Western, Central and Eastern Europe. British Isles and Continental Europe from France (excl. Corsica) to Scandinavia and Urals. Vít Kabourek, Kabourek, Zlín. [ Links ]

Received: September 23, 2014; Accepted: December 05, 2014

*Corresponding author. E-mail: Galileo).

Conflicts of interest The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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