Colophon montisatris  

Endrödy-Younga, 1988

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Coleoptera (beetles) > Polyphaga > Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea > Family: Lucanidae > Subfamily: Lucaninaae > Genus: Colophon

Found in the Blesberg, Swartberg Range. Little is known about its biology but larvae probably feed on plant roots such as Restioniaceae. Male 23-28mm, female 23mm.

 

Colophon montisatris, male. Dorsal view of head and thorax. I[image M. Cochrane, Iziko © ]

Colophon montisatris, male. Ventral view of head and thorax. [image M. Cochrane, Iziko © ]

Apomorphic species. Aedeagus (penis and parameres) are  distinctly asymmetrical, the right paramere is strongly dilated forming a hook on the inner margin with the anal sternite correspondingly asymmetrical on the posterior margin; penis well sclerotised (cuticle hardened); anterior (front) margin of the clypeus raised above the level of the labrum at the suture (join). Compare genitalia of species groups.

This group includes Colophon barnardi, Colophon berrisfordi, Colophon cassoni, Colophon endroedyi, Colophon izardi, Colophon montisatris, Colophon neli, Colophon oweni, Colophon primosi, Colophon thunbergi, Colophon westwoodi and Colophon whitei.  (See Plesiopmorphic species).

Publications

  • ENDRÖDY-YOUNGA, S. 1988. Evidence for the low-altitude origin of the Cape Mountain Biome derived from the systematic revision of the genus Colophon Gray (Coleoptera, Lucanidae). Annals of the South African Museum 96(9) 359 – 424. 

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