Antennae sexually dimorphic: pectinate (comb-like) in the male and serrate in the female; small size overall (5 to 6 mm long); eyes small, narrow, and not reaching pronotum; tarsi similar in length to tibiae and with reduced pulvilli (pads); labrum (upper lip) concealed under clypeus.
The genus and species were described by Bellamy 1986 based on a collection of two males and three females from near Fowlers Gap in the arid north-west of NSW. Lawrence & Lemann 2019 reported this type series to be the only known occurrence.
The male and female specimens illustrated above are new records discovered by Mark Hura in the arid zone of SA. They were caught in a flight intercept trap set from 11 December 2017 to 7 January 2018.
The suffix rhipis is from the Greek for 'a fan' and refers to the pectinate antennae which are rare in the Buprestidae. Bellamy 1986 compared Australorhipis to four interrelated New Word genera that share this feature, but he regarded it as being probably more closely related to Notographus (q.v.).
|Legend||P.J.Lang collection vouchered records|
|other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings|
Both the NSW and SA collections were made using traps (pitfalls containing liquid, and a flight intercept trap respectively), so there is no information on plant hosts.
|¹ Legend||regions||SA 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