Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Meliboeithon cylindricolle   Bellamy, 1988
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  unplaced
Meliboeithon cylindricolle   Adult images
Meliboeithon cylindricolle, SAMA 25-021651, female, pitfall trap specimen, NU, photo by Peter Lang for SA Museum
Meliboeithon cylindricolle  Distinctive features

Cylindrical pronotum (lacks outwardly projecting basal corners and lateral constriction), differing from M. confusum by its barely convex to almost flat eyes, shorter groove on the front of the head, more obvious hairs dorsally with discernible vitae, and often shorter body size.


M. cylindricolle appears to be a widely distributed arid zone species.
Bellamy 1988 commented: "The collection of the majority of the type series in pitfall traps suggests a larval biology which utilizes the root crown or stem base of the host plant, with emergent adults flying very low to feeding and mating sites." This is corroborated by SA Museum specimens, with four collections from pitfall traps in different areas. There is also one collection from a vehicle net.

A Tepper collection from Ardrossan on Yorke Peninsula cited by Bellamy 1988 as a paratype of this species, and labelled by him accordingly, is actually M. intermedium (q.v.).

Australian States:  WASANSW
South Australian occurrences
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Adult activity records for Meliboeithon cylindricolle  (total of 2 beetles)
1 1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
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
number of active beetles for that quarter month
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