Longicorn from Costa Rica in genus Taeniotes

Subject: costa rican longhorn
Location: costa rica cloud forest, north west highlands
April 6, 2015 12:48 pm
Can’t find anything like this on Google.
Signature: jason


Dear Jason,
Your beetle is a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, but we have not yet been successful in finding a matching image online to provide an identification.  Your Bycid looks similar to a Costa Rican individual we believe we may have correctly identified as
Taeniotes scalatus, and it looks even closer to two fighting males of that species pictured on the BeetleForum.net site.  Neither of those, nor any other examples of Taeniotes scalatus we have located online, has markings exactly like your gorgeous specimen, so we doubt they are the same.  Perhaps one of our readers (Markikavana or Cesar or Karl perhaps) can provide an identity.

A couple more photos attached.

Longicorn from Costa Rica
Longicorn from Costa Rica

Karl provides an identification
Hi Daniel and Jason:
Taeniotes is probably the correct genus and I believe the species is T. praeclarus (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Monochamini), which ranges from Nicaragua to Bolivia. Taeniotes dentatus also looks quite similar, but the range is given as Ecuador to Bolivia. Regards.  Karl

Thanks so much Karl.  The colors are much more beautiful on the living beetle.

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