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Colophon stokoei  

Barnard, 1929

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 Hottentots Holland , Palmiet, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Berg River and Wellington Mountains. Little is known about its biology but larvae probably feed on plant roots such as Restioniaceae. 24mm. 

Colophon stokoei, male. Dorsal view of head and thorax. [image M. Cochrane, Iziko ]

Colophon stokoei, male. Ventral view of head and thorax. [image M. Cochrane, Iziko ]

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.


  • BARNARD, K. H. 1929. A study of the genus Colophon Gray. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 18: 163 182. 

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Images and text by Margie Cochrane