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Black comb-clawed beetle

Aethyssius viridis


A slender black beetle about 25 mm long. Its elytra had fine ridges and the slightly flattened convex body sloped posteriorly. The thorax was small and the head even smaller. Antennae had about 10 elongated truncated segments.
Long legs had tarsi with 4 pads and a terminal hook.


Flew into the house on a warm night - attracted to lights.


A very active beete which settled just long enough for me to take just a few shots.
my thanks to thaptor for confirming that it is a Tenebrionid beetle from subfamily Alleculinae.
Going by its name, I assume it reflects a greenish hue in daylight. It's a pity I could not get a close-up shot of the hind tarsi that have fine teeth.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

Thank you again Boris.

thaptor 3 years ago

Yep - Tenebrionidae: Alleculinae.

Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 14, 2017
Submitted on Nov 14, 2017

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