Stéphane Le Tirant, one of our Insectarium colleagues, recently had the opportunity to identify and confirm this new longhorn beetle species, in collaboration with Antonio Santos-Silva, a Brazilian expert on longhorn beetles. The species was described and named in honour of Paul Harrison, a technician at the Insectarium.
This is a small 12 mm longhorn beetle with long antennae, small mandibles and large eyes. Only 3 species have been identified to date, and these insects' biology and ecology are still unknown.
The longhorn beetle family (Cerambycideae) belongs to the order Coleoptera, the largest insect order. In fact, one out of every four animals on the planet is a beetle!