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Ptosima undecimmaculata

Ptosima undecimmaculata

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Elateriformia
Superfamilia: Buprestoidea

Familia: Buprestidae
Subfamilia: Polycestinae
Tribus: Ptosimini

Genus: Ptosima

Species: P. undecimmaculata

Subspecies: P. u. metallescens – P. u. undecimmaculata

Ptosima undecimmaculata (Herbst, 1784)


Holotype: Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences: Ptosima undecimmaculata (Herbst, 1784) - photos by M.G. Volkovich
Genus Ptosima.

Ptosima undecimmaculata, the Splendour beetle, is a species of beetles in the family Buprestidae.[1][2]

Subspecies and varietas

Ptosima undecimmaculata undecimmaculata Herbst, 1784
Ptosima undecimmaculata metallescens Bílý, 1982
Ptosima undecimmaculata var. sexmaculata Herbst[3]


Ptosima undecimmaculata can reach a length of about 9–14 millimetres (0.35–0.55 in).[4] The body is cylindrical and the head is much broader than long and narrower than the pronotum.

The Latin species name undecimmaculata indicates that the species should have eleven spots (lat. Undecimo = eleven, lat. Maculatus = stained). Normally the number of spots is different than eleven. This is due to the variety of spots in number, arrangement and form.

Pronotum is black, with longitudinal stripes of rugosity. Elytra are black with three pairs of lateral, yellowish-orange or reddish transverse markings, frequently with preapical maculae. Frons and pronotal disc occasionally may have maculae.[5]

Larvae develop for 2–3 years in wood of dead trees and bushes and in living branches of Prunus. Adults emerge in May–June.[6]

This widespread species is present in most of Europe, in the Near East and in North Africa.[7]


Carl Gustav Calwer und Gustav Jäger (Herausgeber): C. G. Calwer's Käferbuch. K. Thienemanns, Stuttgart 1876, 3. Auflage
H. Freude, K. W. Harde, G. A. Lohse: Die Käfer Mitteleuropas, Bd. 6. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag in Elsevier, München 1966, ISBN 3-827-40683-8
H.Mühle, P.Brandl, M. Niehuis: Catalogus Faunae Graeciae; Coleoptera:Buprestidae Printed in Germany by Georg Rößle Augsburg 2000
S. Bily, O.Brodsky "Taxonomical, biological and faunistical notes on Buprestidae and Cleridae from East Mediterrannean" Türk.Bit.Kor.Derg (1982) 6: 185-194


Encyclopedia of life
P. undecimmaculata var. sexmaculata on Biolib
Beetles and Coleopterologists
Mark G. Volkovitsh, Vladimir Sakalian, Georgi Georgiev A Checklist and a Key to the Taxa of the Subfamily Polycestinae Lacordaire, 1857 (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in Bulgaria
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