Colophon neli  

Barnard, 1932 

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 Swartberg Range. Little is known about its biology but larvae probably feed on plant roots such as Restioniaceae.  

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

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

Colophon neli. Male genitalia. Aedeagus (Penis and parameres). I[image M. Cochrane, Iziko ]

Colophon neli. Male genitalia. Aedeagus (Penis and parameres). I[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 endroedyiColophon izardi, Colophon montisatris, Colophon neli, Colophon oweni, Colophon primosi, Colophon thunbergi, Colophon westwoodi and Colophon whitei.  (See Plesiopmorphic species).

Publications

  • BARNARD, K. H. 1932a. The Colophon. Journal of the Mountain Club of South Africa 34: 19-22. 

  • BARNARD, K. H. 1932b. The rediscovery of Colophon thunbergi Westw. with descriptions of further species of the genus. Stylops 1: 169-174.

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 Images and text by Margie Cochrane


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