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Striped Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Ellipticus dorbignyi

Description:

This is one of the numerous (900+ genera) Pleasing Fungus Beetles. A medium sized beetle (18 - 20 mm) its elytra form a high dome, more so than any other in our area. It is a uniform light brown from head to tail, including the legs except for the last joint and feet, which are black. There are four cream-colored “racing stripes” that go the length of the body; one on each edge of each elytron. When the elytra are closed, two of them form a single stripe, right down the middle of its back

Habitat:

This beetle was seen on a tree trunk in primary-growth forest in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador (700 masl).

Notes:

While this is the most common Pleasing Fungus Beetle in our corner of the world, it appears that isn’t the case elsewhere. I couldn’t find a previous register of it on PN nor did I find much on the internet other than pictures. I also found no common name. I think it rather pretty with its simplistic color pattern.

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Tukup
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Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Spotted on Jan 11, 2007
Submitted on Dec 10, 2019

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