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Elephant beetle

Scientific Name
Xylotrupes ulysses australicus
Scientific Author
(Thomson)
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae)
Status
Native Australian Pest Species
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes

Male of Xylotrupes gideon possess long horns that are absent in the females. Body length up to 60mm.  Adults often "squeak" when picked up,

Subfamily Dynastinae characteristics:

Antennae with less than 11 antennomeres, body not capable of being rolled into a sphere, middle and hind tibiae significantly flattened and dilated, mesotibia at apex with simple spurs, segments of antennal club capable of being closed together, first antennomere of club simple, not hollowed out to receive second antennomere, abdomen with 6 ventral sternites visible, abdominal segment 8 without spiracle, pygidium exposed, length greater than 5 mm, antennal insertion not visible from above, abdominal sternites not narrowed at midline, claws of middle and hind tarsi equal in length and not independently moveable, mandibles exposed in dorsal view, metatibial spines juxaposed not widely separated.

Source: See Dirk Ahrens subfamily key weblink

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
12/03/2007 01:38 AEST
Last Updated
13/03/2007 10:19 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2007) Elephant beetle (Xylotrupes ulysses australicus ) Updated on 3/13/2007 10:19:14 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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