Sighting

Martin Lagerwey 21 May 2013

Eucalyptus Chafer Beetle (Xylonichus eucalypti)

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Sighted 15 Sep 2011
37 Aileen Avenue, Montrose VIC 3765, Australia

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  • Martin Lagerwey 21 May 2013
    Xylonichus eucalypti
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Xylonichus: eucalypti
    Common Names: Beetles, Scarabs, Scarab beetles
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Notes

  • Martin Lagerwey 16 September 2013
    Tagged With chafer
    Martin Lagerwey says

    I understand that bowerbird species data is uploaded to ALA periodically and this might include any errors on our behalf.

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  • Mark Ridgway 16 September 2013
    Tagged With subspecies
    Mark Ridgway says

    It looks like someone has made a determination... yours has gone to ALA as 'X eucalypti eucalypti' as has Leuba's.

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  • Reiner Richter 16 September 2013
    Tagged With xylonichus
    Reiner Richter says

    I shall preface this by saying I know nothing about lots, including beetles. I photographed a beetle like this one in Belgrave South 15/8/2009. In the same reserve on 25/8/2007 and 24/8/2013 I photographed one of the other two that have been added to bowerbird by Mark & Leuba recently. This one doesn't have the "eye guards" (extension of the front plate) the other two do. Is this a male/female thing? Other than that, what are we calling these and is it worth someone grabbing one? They seem to be not uncommon in the Dandenongs, I don't normally collect things. I'm pretty sure whatever species gets selected here gets uploaded to ALA so since its your record you could edit that sighting I guess.

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  • Martin Lagerwey 16 September 2013
    Martin Lagerwey says

    According to geographical distributions on AFD http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/online-resources/fauna/afd/taxa/1edc8927-82ff-459f-92f4-1cb3d6ba913d X. piliger is Tasmania only. X. eucalypti is NSW only and Xylonichus sternalis is the only species recorded in victoria (Murray basin only). There are not records for Melbourne found here at all.

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