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Colophon kawaii  

Mizukami, 1996

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 Matroosberg Mountains. Little is known about its biology but larvae probably feed on plant roots such as Restioniaceae.  

Colophon kawaii

Colophon kawaii, male. Dorsal view of head. [image J. Harrison,Transvaal Museum ]

Colophon kawaii. Male genitalia. Aedeagus (Penis and parameres). i[mage  J. Harrison,Transvaal Museum ]

Pleisiomorphic species. The aedeagus (penis and parameres) appears almost symmetrical although the parameres (claspers) are slightly asymetrical (therefore the anal sternite evenly rounded); penis feebly sclerotized (cuticle not hardened) with transverse ribbing; clypeus meets labrum (components of the head ) on even level. Compare genitalia of species groups.

This group includes Colophon cameroni, Colophon eastmani, Colophon haughtoni, Colophon kawaii and Colophon stokoei.


  • MIZUKAMI, T. 1996. A new species and a new subspecies of the Genus Colophon from the Republic of South  Africa (Coleoptera, Lucanidae). Gekkan-Mushi 304: 22-25.

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Images and text by Margie Cochrane