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Australian carpet beetle

Scientific Name
Anthrenocerus australis
Scientific Author
(Hope, 1843)
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Dermestidae: Megatominae)
Status
Native Australian Pest Species
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Images

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Caption
Australia: Canberra, 1989.
Source
Ken Walker Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Live larva footage

Adults of Anthrenocerus are distinguished from other dermestids by:

- Presence of medin ocellus

- Antennae with distinct 3-segmented club that fits tightly into a deep and margined sulci in the hypermeron;

- Absence of scale-shaped setae and presence of coloured hairs on body;

- Body narrowly ovate body widest at elytral hymera.

Anthrenocerus australis body length is 2.2-2.5mm; body colouring is dark brown, pronotum with patches of ligh-coloured setae and three way bands of light-coloured white and tan setae across elytra. It can be distinguished from other Australian Anthrenocerus by having complete setal bands on elytra.

 


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