Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Meliboeithon bicostatum   (Carter, 1928)
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  unplaced
Meliboeithon bicostatum   Adult images
Meliboeithon bicostatum, PL5807A, male, leg. M.A. Hura using flight incercept trap 17 Nov, 29 Dec 2020, MU, 5.3 × 2.1 mm
4.9 mm
2.0 mm
Measurements (mm)
3.8 – 5.25
n = 36.0
n = 1
3.75 – 5.1
n = 35.8
n = 1
1.65 – 2.1
n = 32.2
n = 1
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
Meliboeithon bicostatum  Distinctive features

Distinguished from other SA Meliboeithon species by the acute basal angles of the pronotum which project outwards below a lateral constriction in the sides of the pronotum.


Known in SA by a specimen labelled simply as 'S.Aust.' according to the revision of the genus by Bellamy 1988. Since then I have determined several other SA Museum collections as this species, and there are also four recent collections from the Murray Mallee region made by M.A.Hura using a flight intercept trap.

SA Regions¹:  EPMUSE
Australian States:  WASANSWQLD
Southern South Australian occurrences
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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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
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