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Long-legged Darkling Beetle

Stenocara dentata

Habitat:

Namib desert: one of the most arid place on earth (less than 1 in rain per year).

Notes:

I am not sure of the scientific name: Tenebrionid ...?

1 Species ID Suggestions

Long-legged Darkling Beetle
Stenocara dentata Stenocara dentata


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7 Comments

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

My pleasure!

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 8 years ago

Oh, oh! At least I was looking in the right familly! Thanks a lot Johan!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

The yellow line behind the head is a characteristic.

There is an excellent book: "Field guide to insects of South Africa" by Picker, Griffiths & Weaving. (www.kalahari.com) ISBN 978 1 77007 061 5

Which is what I mostly use for ID's or to get me close enough for a search on Internet.

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 8 years ago

Then, this is the best determination we could do. Thanks again for your help.

oxyjack
oxyjack 8 years ago

It's a very large and diverse family of beetles. I'm not aware of any field guides to African beetles.

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 8 years ago

Well, at least you confirm I was in the correct family. Thank you.
It is a matter of having the correct field guide now. And I do not.

oxyjack
oxyjack 8 years ago

Well it's definitely a Tenebrionid (like P. hirtipes), but it's not that species. The texture on the elytra is completely different.

Namibia

Spotted on Feb 28, 2009
Submitted on Apr 3, 2012

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