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Trilobite Beetle

Platerodrilus ruficollis


3.5cm long. Many segmented, Small head. Cylindrical processes on sides of abdomen angled upwards and rearwards.


Jungle floor. Malaysia


The platerodriline net-winged beetles are one of elateroid lineages with modified female morphology (Wong 1996, Bocak et al. 2008, Masek et al. 2014). The adult males are fully metamorphosed . In contrast, females do not pupate and the sexually mature females remain larviform

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FakawiTribe 6 years ago

whoa! Thanks!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Congratulations. Nice spotting.

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations FakawiTribe, this fantastic Trilobite Beetle has earned a Spotting of the Day!

"It may look and sound prehistoric but it isn't! This female Trilobite Beetle (Platerodrilus ruficollis) is our Spotting of the Day! Platerodrilus ruficollis belongs to the net-winged beetles family (Lycidae), and while the males undergo full metamorphosis, the females in this genus remain in a larval form with a flat dark body with large scales over the head. They resemble trilobites, a fossil group of extinct marine arthropods, hence their name".


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PRK, Malaysia

Spotted on Apr 12, 2017
Submitted on Apr 13, 2017

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