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Rhinocerus Beetle

Description:

Beetle approx. 3cm long

Notes:

Pending ID 'Dasygnathus trituberculatus'

2 Species ID Suggestions

Andras2
Andras2 6 months ago
Rhinoceros beetle
Dasygnathus trituberculatus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae)


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7 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 months ago

Andras Szito?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 months ago

Brilliant ! Thanks so much.

Andras2
Andras2 6 months ago

On Dasygnathus trituberculatus there are 3 tubercles next to each other on the middle of pronotum. Sometimes it is a bit hard to see on minor males, like the one I believe is on this photo. The females have virtually no armature on the pronotum therefore one can not identify them based on photos. The species is one of the, if not THE, most common rhinoceros beetle in Victoria. When Carne published his monograph on the Australian Rhinoceros beetles, stated that he examined nearly 500 specimens of Dasignathus trituberculatus specimens from ACT, NSW, Vic. and SA yet only 84 Pimelopus nothus all across from the Southern States. Bu, of course, you are aware that identification based on photographs (apart from a few hundred exceptions across the board) are almost always educated guess only.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 months ago

Thanks Andras2. Can you tell us which features identify this and why is it not Pimelopus nothus? I'm not good with these.. especially with such dimporphism.

Andras2
Andras2 6 months ago

It is definitely a native rhinoceros beetle, most likely Dasygnathus trituberculatus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The other, very similar Dasygnathus species occurring in Queensland.

Vinny
Vinny 6 years ago

Cheers for the I.D Leuba

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

Congrats on your 600th spotting!

Vinny
Spotted by
Vinny

Hurstbridge, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 8, 2015
Submitted on Feb 8, 2015

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