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Net Winged Beetle

Lycus t. matojoi


Small beetle about 1.5 -2cm long. Bright rusty orange colour with black shaded on the ends. Black body, black legs and medium length black antennae. The wings, or wing covers were not solid looking like other beetles, but sort of paper looking.


Seen through the rain forest in varieties of different foliage, but mostly on the outer edges, near the lake.


from references " contain cantharadin and are distasteful to birds and other predators"

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Lycus (Chlamydolycus) trabeatus
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1 Comment

MichaelGeiser 2 years ago

Please forget about this "subspecies" matojoi!
The author of that paper (who also decided to name it "in honour" of himself didn't quite understand the basics of biological systematics. Lycus trabeatus is a species with strong sexual dimorphism, so the females look quite different from the males. This guy misidentified a male of L. trabeatus as a female and then described the actual female as a different subspecies "matojoi"! They are of course just sexes of a single species and can't possibly be classified as different taxa! Also, because of a mis-application of the rules of zoological nomenclature (lack of understanding what "holotype" actually means), the "subspecies" described in that paper doesn't even fulfill the basic requirements of being an "available" name. So, the name matojoi would even be considered invalid if it was actually belonging to a different subspecies!

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Kigoma, Tanzania

Spotted on Dec 31, 2015
Submitted on Jan 9, 2016


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