Your are here:

black borer

Scientific Name
Apate monachus
Scientific Author
Fabricius, 1775
(Coleoptera: Bostrichidae: Apatinae: Apatini)
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Exotic species - absent from Australia

Page menu options:

Diagnostic Images

Dorsal view male
Castlenau Collection approx 1870 det. G. Goodyear
Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker Museums Victoria
Image Options
Diagnostic Images (8)
Other Images (6)
Diagnostic Notes
The tribe Apatini is characterised by:

- Hind coxae contiguous or closely approximated

- Pronotum hood-like; head deeply inserted into the pronotum underneath, head not entirely visible from above

- Pronotum with posterolateral carina but carina not present along entire lateral margin

- Tarsal segment 1 shorter than segment 2 and segment 3 also shorter than segment 2

- Antennal club segments 1 and 2 cup shaped and strongly transverse

The genus Apate is characterised by:

- Body length: 5.5-32.0mm

- Elytra dorsal apical end with 2-3 prominent ridges

- Apical declivity abruptly truncated and armed with 2 or 3 pairs of projections

- Clypeus anterior margin not concave and usually with a single toothlike, smooth triangular projection in the middle.

There are 15 known valid species in this genus.

Genus Sex determination:

- Pronotum with anterior angles with a hooked tooth (Males), unarmed (Females)

- Antennal club segments without pits (Males), pitted (Females)

- Frons without a crown of brush or hair (Males), with a brush or hairs (Females)

Diagnostic characteristics of this species include:


- Body length: 10.0 - 19.0mm

- Granules on the interspaces between the punctures on the apical declivityt not perforated at the top

- Dorsal veins of elytra toothed at the rear but not (or only slightly) raised

- Sutural angle of elytra toothlike

- Two apical hairs on the pre-tarsus


- Body length 10.0-19.0mm

- Elytra sculpturing composed of deep, large and very close (but not confluent) funnel-shaped punctures, each with a puncture in the bottom and almost always with 1 to 3 raspy prominences on their edges

- Lower apical border of apical declivity irregularly chipped

- Pretarsus with 2 apical hairs

Source: Graham Goodyer 2008 (unpublished) Identification of Bostrichid beetles to Genus and Species.
More Information
Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Walker, K.
11/07/2006 11:21 AEST
Last Updated
19/08/2021 15:03 AEST
Walker, K. (2006) black borer (Apate monachus) Updated on 8/19/2021 3:03:24 PM Available online: PaDIL -
Image Use
Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)