Egyptian Beetle
Ellura
Chalcopterus Beetle
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Chalcopterus Beetle (Chalcopteroides sp ES01)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae)
Species: Chalcopterus Beetle (Chalcopteroides sp ES01)
This Photo:     Antenna

Thank you Tom Weir for helping with the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) 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."

Similar Species: Metallic Dodonaea Leaf Beetle (Callidemum hypochalceum)

Copyright © 2012-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Nov-2012
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.