Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Anilara sp. Ki Ki  
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Curidini » subtribe  Anilarina
Anilara sp. Ki Ki   Adult images
Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4393A, male, on Lasiopetalum baueri (PJL 3380) for photo, SE, 4.9 × 2.1 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4401A, female, on Thomasia petalocalyx (for photo), SE, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL3786, on Exocarpos sparteus, SE, 5.5 × 2.4 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4393B, male, from Lasiopetalum behrii (PJL 3380) root crown, SE, 4.5 × 2.0 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4401A, female, SE, reared from pupa ex Thomasia petalocalyx (PJL 3384), 6.3 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4418, male, from Lasiopetalum baueri root crown (PJL 3389), SE, 5.1 × 2.1 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL3798, male, from Acacia microcarpa foliage, SE, 3.9 × 1.6 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4393A, male, from Lasiopetalum behrii (PJL 3380) root crown, SE, 4.9 × 2.1 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4393A, male, on Lasiopetalum baueri (PJL 3380) for photo, SE, 4.9 × 2.1 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4401A, female, on Thomasia petalocalyx (for photo), SE, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4401A, female, on Thomasia petalocalyx (for photo), SE, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4401A, female, on Thomasia petalocalyx (for photo), SE, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4401A, female, on Thomasia petalocalyx (for photo), SE, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4401A, female, on Thomasia petalocalyx (for photo), SE, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4401A, female, on Thomasia petalocalyx (for photo), SE, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4401A, female, on Thomasia petalocalyx (for photo), SE, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4401A, female, on Thomasia petalocalyx (for photo), SE, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4393A, on Lasiopetalum baueri (PJL 3380) for photo, SE, 4.9 × 2.1 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL3786, on Exocarpos sparteus, SE, 5.5 × 2.4 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL3786, on Exocarpos sparteus, SE, 5.5 × 2.4 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL3786, on Exocarpos sparteus, SE, 5.5 × 2.4 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL3786, on Exocarpos sparteus, SE, 5.5 × 2.4 mm
Actual
size¹:
5.2 mm
×
2.2 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L14.8
3.85 – 5.6
n = 185.6
5 – 6.4
n = 16
L24.6
3.75 – 5.4
n = 185.4
4.8 – 6.1
n = 16
W2.0
1.6 – 2.35
n = 182.4
2.05 – 2.6
n = 16
Legend  L1length from clypeus/frons to elytral apex (mean, range, sample size)
L2length from anterior of edge of eyes to elytral apex
Wmaximum width with elytra fully closed
Anilara sp. Ki Ki  Distinctive features

Similar to A. subcostata but smaller with a lighter colouration, often slightly purplish, and with a more delicate aedeagus that has straighter sides and is less thickened in its proximal half.

Notes

This undescribed species appears to be very closely related to A. subcostata but its larval host plants are from a different family. It was first discovered as an adult that I netted from foliage of a low Acacia microcarpa near Ki Ki before matching adults were obtained from breeding records. One of its larval host plants was present as a dominant understorey species at the Ki Ki site.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  MUSE
Australian States:  SA+?
Southern South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Adult activity records for Anilara sp. Ki Ki  (total of 2 beetles)
1
1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 1 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 1
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
12
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Acacia microcarpa11SEF
Exocarpos sparteus11SES
Legendbeetlescount of beetles collected from, or sighted on, host plant taxon
sitescount of major sites (unique 10 km grid cells +/- some distinct approximate localities)
Plant family
Code beetles % host plant taxa
F Fabaceae 1 50% 1
S Santalaceae 1 50% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on foliage or non-flowering plant22
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
yellow41SE
bright green11SE
Anilara sp. Ki Ki Breeding record images
Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4192A, larva, in Thomasia petalocalyx (PJL 3316) root crown, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 12.5 × 2.4 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4192A, PL4192B, larva, in Thomasia petalocalyx (PJL 3316) root crown, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4192A, PL4192B, larva, from Thomasia petalocalyx (PJL 3316) root crown, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4281, larva, in Lasiopetalum behrii (PJL 3366) stem base, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4281, larva, from Lasiopetalum behrii (PJL 3366), SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4386O, PL4386P, prepupa, from Thomasia petalocalyx, SE Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4386O, PL4386P, prepupa, from Thomasia petalocalyx, SE Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4378, pupa, in Thomasia petalocalyx (PJL 3375) root crown, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4378, pupa, in Thomasia petalocalyx (PJL 3375) root crown, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4307Ax, pupa, in Lasiopetalum baueri (PJL 3369) root crown, MU Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4307Ax, pupa, in Lasiopetalum baueri (PJL 3369) root crown, MU Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4307Ax, pupa, from Lasiopetalum baueri (PJL 3369) root crown, MU Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4307A, female, reared adult, from Lasiopetalum baueri (PJL 3369) root crown as pupa, MU, 5.2 × 2.1 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4401A, female, reared adult, SE, reared from pupa ex Thomasia petalocalyx (PJL 3384), 6.3 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4382, non-emerged adult, in Lasiopetalum behrii (PJL 3377A) root crown, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 4.8 × 2.0 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4382, non-emerged adult, in Lasiopetalum behrii (PJL 3377A) root crown, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 4.8 × 2.0 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4382, in Lasionon-emerged adult, petalum behrii (PJL 3377A) root crown, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 4.8 × 2.0 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4383, non-emerged adult, in Thomasia petalocalyx (PJL 3377B) root crown, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 5.9 × 2.5 mm Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4418, male, non-emerged adult, from Lasiopetalum baueri root crown (PJL 3389), SE Anilara sp. Ki Ki, PL4382, larval host plant, host Lasiopetalum behrii (PJL 3377A), SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 4.8 × 2.0 mm
Larval host plants
individuals sites SA regions¹ family adult liveadult deadadult ex pupapupapupa ex larvalarva
Thomasia petalocalyx773SEM761113139
Lasiopetalum baueri202MU, SEM6248
Lasiopetalum behrii52MU, SEM23
Legendindividualscount of breeding adults, pupae and larvae
sitescount of major sites (unique 10 km grid cells +/- some distinct approximate localities)
adultlive = extracted alive;   dead = extracted dead as intact or fragmentary remains;   ex billet = reared and emerged from stored sections of host;   ex pupa = reared from sampled pupa
pupaextracted pupa;   pupa ex larva = reared pupa from larva
larvaextracted larva (any stage including prepupa)
gall (only)hatched or unhatched gall identified by form and position rather than contents
Plant family
Code individuals % host plant taxa
M Malvaceae 102 100% 3
Position in larval host
positionindividualssitesadult liveadult deadadult ex pupapupapupa ex larvalarva
root crown7631051115134
stem base921125
unknown1734211
Host plant notes

A.M.P. Stolarski discovered the breeding records of this species and noted that its larvae appear to be more yellowish than those of A. subcostata. The known larval hosts are three closely related small shrub species with woody bases, previously classified in family Sterculiaceae, but now placed in an expanded Malvaceae.

¹ LegendregionsSA State Herbarium regions (map)
EA: Eastern, EP: Eyre Peninsula, FR: Flinders Ranges, GT: Gairdner-Torrens, KI: Kangaroo Island, LE: Lake Eyre, MU: Murray, NL: Northern Lofty, NU: Nullarbor, NW: North-Western, SE: South-Eastern, SL: Southern Lofty, YP: Yorke Peninsula
sizeThe ellipse is the correct size when printed, indicative on a desktop screen, and likely to be wrong on a mobile device.