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powderpost beetle

Scientific Name
Bostrychoplites zickeli
Scientific Author
(Marseul, 1867)
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Bostrichidae: Bostrichinae: Bostrichini)
Status
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes

The tribe Bostrichini is characterised by:

- First and second antennal club segments not cup-shaped, more or less compressed laterally or flabellate

- Hind coxal cavities completely or incompletelty margined by a sharp raised ridge along the anterior margin of the first visible abdominal sternite.

The genus Bostrychoplites has 15 known species and is characterised by:

- Head capsule deeply and transversely constricted behind the eyes

- Gena without a large tooth below each eye.

The species Bostrychoplites zickeli is characterised by:

- Body length: 4.5-13.0mm

- Apical declivity without a smooth and shiny or granulated raised longitudinal juxtasutural ridge on each side of the suture

- Elytra without prominent veins on dorsal surface of elytra

- Vertex impressed like an arc of a circle

- Sutural angle of each elytron not prolonged or conjointly produced

- Frons area between the eyes relatively smooth (not gibbose)

- Hind tibiae slightly longer than the tarsus

- With a distinct tooth below each eye

- Middle of basal half of pronotum with a small, nearly circular and raised granules

- Lower apical border of the apical declivity finely toothed

Source: Graham Goodyer 2008 (unpublished) Identification of Bostrichid beetles to Genus and Species.
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Author
Walker, K.
Created
23/11/2006 12:38 AEST
Last Updated
14/09/2012 09:35 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2006) powderpost beetle (Bostrychoplites zickeli) Updated on 9/14/2012 9:35:48 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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