Spiny Clerid Beetle
Bulbous Antennae Clerid
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Clerid Beetle (Cleridae)|
|Species:||Bulbous Antennae Clerid (Sedlacekvia tanamica)|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Only known from the NT with a few records, this is a rare find. That's not to say it is rare, but doesn't seem to found by people very much. Very little is known about them.
To the naked eye it looks just like an ant, but because it was on concrete the large antennae stood out and we thought it was a small Ant-nest Beetle. But closer inspection shows quite different antennae, bulbous rather than filamented. At only 4-5mm tip to tail, it's fairly small. Overall it is dark brown and hairy, with dark red patches on it's shoulders.