Rotund Pie-dish Beetle
Adelaide Hills
Carcass Beetle
Rotund Pie-dish Beetle (Saragus sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Pie-dish Beetle (Tenebrionidae: Heleina)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Rotund Pie-dish Beetle (Saragus sp)
This Photo:     🔍Ventral🔎

Thank you Mark Hura for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
~15mm long. On Bowerbird we all thought these were Cillibus sp, but that's been changed/fixed. While similar, Cillibus sp has much larger flanges on the elytra. Mark later said "Cillibus has well developed elytral flanges as opposed to Saragus which has much less developed/no elytral flanges. The large tibial forespur, which can be seen very well in this image, is also a good indication of Saragus, although a couple of other genera also possess this feature (Trichosaragus - essentially a hairy or scale-covered Saragus & Dysarchus which has different shaped pronotum as well as a number of other features that differ)."

Copyright © 2016-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-Oct-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.