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Taro beetle

Scientific Name
Papuana woodlarkiana
Scientific Author
Montrouzier
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae)
Status
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Reliability
High
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The adult beetles are brown to black when freshly emerged but turn shiny black after about two weeks. They remain shiny black after about 3 months. The adults measure approximately 25mm long x 12mm wide, with pin sized holes arranged in furrows on the elytra. The males have a horn and a single tubercle, while the females sometimes a small protruding horn and short tubercle on the pronotum. P. woodlarkiana is probably a sibling complex, with described subspecies including P. w. woodlarkiana, P. w. laevipennis and P. w. semistriata.

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Specimen Contact
John Donaldson, QDPI Indooroopilly
Author
Carmichael, A.
Created
30/05/2005 12:04 AEST
Last Updated
08/01/2007 08:27 AEST
Citation
Carmichael, A. (2005) Taro beetle (Papuana woodlarkiana) Updated on 1/8/2007 8:27:20 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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