Tithoes (fmr. Acanthophorus) maculatus

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Tithoes (fmr. Acanthophorus) maculatus

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Here's a real giant among the African Cerambycidae - Tithoes (fmr. Acanthophorus) maculatus, which can reach at least 95 mm -

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http://www.coleoptera-atlas.com/ceramby ... -maculatus

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https://www.prioninae.org/Especes/Acant ... latus.html

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This species is widespread across equatorial Africa. Like the monotypic Titanus giganteus of the South American tropics, Tithoes is also in the subfamily Prioninae, but belongs to a different tribe (Acanthophorini).
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Looks scary! I wouldn't let my fingers get near those mandibles (male or female).
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Re: Tithoes (fmr. Acanthophorus) maculatus

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The first pictures shows Tithoes confinis (Lapoerte de Castelnau, 1840), male.
The pair on the second one should be T. maculatus (Fabricius, 1792) as the site says.
Third photo is most likely confinis again.
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Pierre wrote: Tue Nov 15, 2022 12:21 pm The first pictures shows Tithoes confinis (Lapoerte de Castelnau, 1840), male.
The pair on the second one should be T. maculatus (Fabricius, 1792) as the site says.
Third photo is most likely confinis again.
These two species are often sympatric, are quite similar to each other, and the markings can vary considerably between individuals. Now, I'm wondering if the Tithoes specimens in my collection (labeled as maculatus), might actually be confinis.

http://www.coleoptera-atlas.com/ceramby ... -maculatus

http://www.coleoptera-atlas.com/ceramby ... s-confinis

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22Tith ... US903US903

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22Tith ... US903US903
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