Colophon whitei  

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 Meiringspoort, Swartberg Mountains. Litttle is known about its biology but larvae probably feed on plant roots such as Restioniaceae. Male 26-31mm, female 19-22mm.

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

Colophon whitei, 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.

See male/ female images.

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 

  • 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, Iziko


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