The Prioninae are a subfamily of Cerambycidae (long-horned beetles). They are typically large (25–70 mm) and usually brown or black. The males of a few genera sport large mandibles that are used in fights with other males, similar to stag beetles. These beetles are commonly nocturnal and are attracted to light. The majority of the Prioninae whose biology is known are borers whose larvae feed on rotting wood or roots.

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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cerambycidae
Subfamily: Prioninae
Latreille, 1802[1]
Ergates faber larva
Prionoplus reticularis, larva


The following genera are recognised in the subfamily Prioninae:[2][3]


  1. ^ "Prioninae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  2. ^ "Cerambycidae Catalog (New World)". Retrieved 2022-04-01.
  3. ^ "Cerambycidae Catalog (Old World)". Retrieved 2022-04-01.

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