Psalidognathus friendii (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Prioninae)

Astolfo Mata Betancourt

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Cerambycidae or longhorn bettles are a family of polyphage coleoptera provided with flashy feelers, normally longer than their body. It is one of the bigger families, with more than 25,000 species. These bettles often show garish colours. The biggest bettle is the Amazonian titan beetle (Titanus giganteus), with 17 cm long. Psalidognathus friendii is a nocturnal insect that stands out for its metallic colours, widespread in Venzuela and neighbour countries. In Venezuela inhabitats in cloudy forests, up to 1700 meters over the sea level. It mesures near from 4.5 cm long. It consumes leaves, fruits and wood in decomposition, which uses as a substrate to their larvae development. They are sensitive to their natural habitat intervention. On the other hand, it is a species pressured by collectors and traders.

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