Longicorn ID: Tool for Diagnosing Cerambycidae Subfamilies and Tribes
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Definition and Etymology

The cerambycoid beetles include the large family Cerambycidae as well three smaller families previously classified as cerambycid subfamilies: Disteniidae, Oxypeltidae, and Vesperidae. Together, these families are a charismatic and economically important group of beetles with an estimated 4,000 genera and 40,000 described species worldwide. Cerambycoids are among the most serious wood boring pest species in the world, affecting various agricultural crops, ornamental trees, and lumber products, causing millions of dollars in damage each year.

Beetles in the family Cerambycidae are commonly referred to as longhorned beetles, longicorns, capricorns, round-headed borers, timber beetles, goat beetles (bock-käfern), or sawyer beetles (Bezark & Monné, 2013).

Lon-gi-corn (adj) \ˈlän-jə-län-jə-ˌkȯrn\

1 : of, relating to, or being long-horned beetles

2 : having long antennae

Origin: Latin longus long + cornu horn; first known use: ca. 1848 (Merriam-Webster)


Parandra (Parandra) glabra (Degeer, 1774)
(Cerambycidae: Parandrinae: Parandrini)
Monteverde, Costa Rica © K. Nishida     Longicorn ID images on Bugwood ITP Node
Longicorn ID last updated 2020  E.H. Nearns, N.P. Lord, S.W. Lingafelter, A. Santos-Silva, K.B. Miller, & J.M. Zaspel