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Colophon thunbergi  

Westwood, 1855 

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 Zuurbraak in the Langeberg Range. Little is known about its biology but larvae probably feed on plant roots such as Restioniaceae. About 25-26mm.

Colophon thunbergi

Colophon thunbergi, male. Dorsal view of head. [image M. Cochrane, Iziko ]

Colophon thunbergi, male. Ventral view of head. [image M. Cochrane, Iziko ]

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.


  •  BARNARD, K. H. 1932b. The rediscovery of Colophon thunbergi Westw. with descriptions of further species of the genus. Stylops 1: 169-174.

  • WESTWOOD, J. O. 1855. Descriptions of some new species of exotic Lucanidae. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 3: 197-221.

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Images and text by Margie Cochrane