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African black beetle

Scientific Name
Heteronychus arator
Scientific Author
(Fabricius) 1775
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae)
Status
Exotic Species Establishment in Australia
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes

Adults about 12-15 mm long, oval in shape and shiny black. Males have a thickened tarsus on each foreleg.

Heteronychus arator can be distinguished from A. coulonii as follow:

In dorsal view, H. arator body shape is almost parallel compared to distinctly oval in A. coulonii.

Elytra of H. arator is weakly impressed with longitudinal striae and indistinctly punctate between striae compared to A. coulonii elytra which has deeply impressed striae and distinctly punctate between striae.

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
27/01/2007 12:41 AEST
Last Updated
25/11/2011 10:14 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2007) African black beetle (Heteronychus arator) Updated on 11/25/2011 10:14:39 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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