Chalcopterus Beetle
Antenna
Ellura
Chalcopterus Beetle
Ventral
 
    
Chalcopterus Beetle (Chalcopteroides sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae)
Species: Chalcopterus Beetle (Chalcopteroides sp)
This Photo:     Back
Similar Species: Metallic Dodonaea Leaf Beetle

Thank you Tom Weir for helping with the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), in the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Very metallic green back
Highly reflective.
These look similar to Amarygmus sp. Tom said "Amarygmus tend to have the elytra distinctly striate and punctate whereas Chalcopteroides tend to have only superficial striae and punctures. Also Amarygmus have the mandibles apically bifid whereas in Chalcopteroides they are apically rounded or truncate."

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Nov-2012
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.