First records of rare saproxylic beetle <i>Cucujus cinnaberinus</i> (Scopoli, 1763) in the Republic of North Macedonia and Montenegro
This paper provides first data of the species Cucujus cinnaberinus in the Republic of North Macedonia and Montenegro, with notes on its ecology and habitat preference. The material includes specimens collected by four experts on separate field trips on three mountains on the south, east and west parts in the Republic of North Macedonia, and in the central parts of Montenegro.
All of the records originate from mountain forested areas – four are from beech forests and two from Molika pine forests. Three of the records include larval specimens while single adult specimen was found in each of the remaining four localities.
The research suggests that the species inhabits broad-leaved forests and pine forests at higher alti-tudes in investigated area, but the possibility of its presence in other habitats should be considered also.
These records of Cucujus cinnaberinus will contribute to the identification of Special Areas of Conser-vation within the future Natura 2000 network in two countries.