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Nick Porch 28 Feb 2016

Tropidotrechus victoriae - Victoria's Unofficial Beetle Emblem

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Sighted 27 Feb 2016
Pound Creek, Dandenong Range National Park

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  • Nick Porch 28 February 2016
    Tropidotrechus victoriae
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Carabidae: Tropidotrechus: victoriae
    Common Names: Beetles, Carabids, carabid beetles
    Nick Porch says

    This is not a carabid that is seen very often and I would guess this is the first live image of the genus: it's small and fast and never stops running. I reckon it should be Victoria's beetle emblem. It belongs to a really interesting group and has a great name. Usually only found in deep, moist, leaf litter in tree fern rich wet forest gullies. There are four described species in the genus restricted to the the Dandenongs (victoriae), Donna Buang and vicinity (microps, vicinus and possibly victoriae) and the slopes of the Baw Baw Plateau (bawbawensis). I have seen an undescribed species from the western Strzelecki Range. Perhaps you can tell, I am rather fond of them!

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