Black Comb-clawed Beetle
Face & Feet
Brown Comb-clawed Beetle
S1, Dorsal
Black Comb-clawed Beetle (Alleculini sp ES01)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae)
Species: Black Comb-clawed Beetle (Alleculini sp ES01)
This Photo:     Ventral

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Alleculini is a tribe, commonly called Comb-clawed Beetles and are an understudied group. There are a large number of similar looking genera in the tribe, let alone species. We have left this id at the tribe level for now until further information is more readily available.
Note the very hairy body & legs, as well as large eyes. Reminiscent of the introduced Egyptian beetle, but much smaller at only 12mm long (head & body).

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This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.