Pink Desert Leaf Beetle
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Leaf Beetle (Chrysomelidae)|
|Species:||Dotted Paropsine Leaf Beetle (Paropsis carnosa)|
Thank you Martin Lagerwey for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
In relation to the difference between Paropsis & Paropsisterna sp, Martin said "Paropsis has some verrucae (bumps) on the elytra. They also usually have randomly placed elytral puncturation and margin of pronotum is crenulate (wavy) or acervate. Paropsisterna have smooth elytra without bumps and with punctured aligned in ten neat rows. The edge of the pronotum is entirely smooth. These features should be considered together. There are other more reliable differences underneath, which is rarely seen in photographs."