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Colophon oweni  

Bartolozzi, 1995 

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Coleoptera (beetles) > Polyphaga > Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea > Family: Lucanidae > Subfamily: Lucaninae > Genus: Colophon

Found in the Riversdale Mountains. Little is known about its biology but larvae probably feed on plant roots such as Restioniaceae.  

 

Colophon oweni, male. Dorsal view of head and thorax. [image J. Harrison, Transvaal Museum ]

 

Apomorphic species. Aedeagus (penis and parameres) are  distinctly asymmetrical, the right paramere is strongly dilated forming a hook on the inner margin with the anal sternite correspondingly asymmetrical on the posterior margin; penis well sclerotised (cuticle hardened); anterior (front) margin of the clypeus raised above the level of the labrum at the suture (join). Compare genitalia of species groups.

This group includes: Colophon barnardi, Colophon berrisfordi, Colophon cassoni, Colophon endroedyi, Colophon izardi, Colophon montisatris, Colophon neli, Colophon oweni, Colophon primosi, Colophon thunbergi, Colophon westwoodi and Colophon whitei.

Publications

  • BARTOLOZZI, L. 2005. Description of two new stag beetle species from South Africa (Coleoptera: Lucanidae). African Entomology 13(2): 347 352.  

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Images and text by Margie Cochrane