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Longhorn beetle

Batus barbicornis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
Family: Cerambycidae
Latreille, 1802 [1]

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The longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae; also known as long-horned or longhorn beetles or longicorns) are a cosmopolitan family of beetles, typically characterized by extremely long antennae, which are often as long as or longer than the beetle's body. In various members of the family, however, the antennae are quite short (e.g., Neandra brunnea, figured below) and such species can be difficult to distinguish from related beetle families such as the Chrysomelidae. The family is large, with over 26,000 species described, slightly more than half from the Eastern Hemisphere. Several are serious pests. The larvae, called roundheaded borers, bore into wood, where they can cause extensive damage to either living trees or untreated lumber (or, occasionally, to wood in buildings; the old-house borer, Hylotrupes bajulus, being a particular problem indoors). A number of species mimic ants, bees, and wasps, though a majority of species are cryptically colored. The rare titan beetle (Titanus giganteus) from northeastern South America is often considered the largest (though not the heaviest, and not the longest including legs) insect, with a maximum known body length of just over 16.7 cm (6.6 in).[2] The scientific name of this beetle family goes back to a figure from Greek mythology. The shepherd Cerambos was transformed after an argument with nymphs into a large beetle with horns.


  • Classification 1
    • Subfamilies 1.1
  • Notable genera and species 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6


Decora longicorn (Amphirhoe decora)

As with many large families, different authorities have tended to recognize many different subfamilies, or sometimes split subfamilies off as separate families entirely (e.g., Disteniidae, Oxypeltidae, and Vesperidae);[3] there is thus some instability and controversy regarding the constituency of the Cerambycidae.[4] There are few truly defining features for the group as a whole, at least as adults, as there are occasional species or species groups which may lack any given feature; the family and its closest relatives, therefore, constitute a taxonomically difficult group, and relationships of the various lineages are still poorly understood.[5]

Blackspotted pliers support beetle (Rhagium mordax)


The ten subfamilies are:[6]

Notable genera and species

Common tuft bearing longhorn beetle (Aristobia approximator)

See also


  1. ^ "Cerambycidae Latreille, 1802".  
  2. ^ Max Barclay (2010). Linnaeus (1771)"Titanus giganteus".  
  3. ^ Sergio Antonio Vanin & Sergio Ide (2002). "Classificação comentada de Coleoptera" [An annotated classification of the Coleoptera]. In C. Costa, S. A. Vanin, J. M. Lobo & A. Melic. Proyecto de Red Iberoamericana de Biogeografía y Entomología Sistemática PrIBES 2002 ( 
  4. ^ Miguel A. Monné (2006). "Catalogue of the Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of the Neotropical Region. Part III. Subfamilies Parandrinae, Prioninae, Anoplodermatinae, Aseminae, Spondylidinae, Lepturinae, Oxypeltinae, and addenda to the Cerambycinae and Lamiinae" ( 
  5. ^ Arnett, et al. (2002). American Beetles, Vol. 2. CRC Press, 861 pp.
  6. ^ Patrice Bouchard, Yves Bousquet, Anthony E. Davies, Miguel A. Alonso-Zarazaga, John F. Lawrence, Chris H. C. Lyal, Alfred F. Newton, Chris A. M. Reid, Michael Schmitt, S. Adam Ślipiński, Andrew B. T. Smith (2010). "Family-group names in Coleoptera (Insecta)".  

Further reading

  • Monné, Miguel A. & Hovore, Frank T. (2005) Electronic Checklist of the Cerambycidae of the Western Hemisphere. PDF

External links

  • Gallery Photo gallery of worldwide long-horned beetles
  • Photo gallery "Longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae) of the West Palaearctic Region"
  • CDFA Cerambycidae of the New World
  • Cerambycidae of French Guiana
  • National Museu, Rio, Brazil Holotype images
  • Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Dorcadion - RedIRISIberodorcadion
  • VIDEOS - Longicornes (Dorcadion, Cerambycidae,Coleoptera)
  • Cerambycidae of Borneo pdf
  • - Longhorned Beetles (Cerambycidae)
  • , citrus longhorned beetleAnoplophora chinensis on the University of Florida / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Featured Creatures website
  • Coleoptera: Cerambycidae, University of Florida, Dept. of Entomology and Nematology
  • Wood-boring beetles of the World
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