Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Agrilus assimilis assimilis   Hope, 1846
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Agrilini » subtribe  Agrilina
Agrilus assimilis assimilis   Adult images
Agrilus assimilis assimilis, PL3450, female, on Acacia calamifolia, FR, 10.4 × 3.0 mm Agrilus assimilis assimilis, PL3450, female, on Acacia calamifolia, FR, 10.4 × 3.0 mm Agrilus assimilis assimilis, PL0628A, female, from Acacia pycnantha foliage, EP, 10.6 × 2.9 mm
9.7 mm
2.7 mm
Measurements (mm)
8.45 – 10.4
n = 710.0
8.05 – 11.65
n = 11
8.3 – 10.2
n = 79.8
7.95 – 11.5
n = 5
2.25 – 2.7
n = 72.8
2.1 – 3.3
n = 11
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
Agrilus assimilis assimilis  Distinctive features

Very similar to A. hypoleucus and its aedeagus is identical. Differs primarily in the shorter metatarsomeres (in males the first segment of the hind tarsus ('foot') is only about as long the next two segments combined) and in its usually more robust overall form.


Agrilus assimilis tends to occur in dryer areas than A. hypoleucus. There is evidence that it intergrades with A. hypoleucus. Some earlier museum collections that have been identified as A. hypoleucus are probably A. assimilis.

The type is from WA. Curletti 2001 placed a number of species in synonymy under this taxon including A. purpuratus (Syntype from Morialta, as 'Moriatta') described by Hope 1846b in the same paper as A. assimilis.

Turner 2001b noted the absence of specimens and records from the well-collected Sydney and eastern coastal areas and suggested that the species does not extend eastwards beyond the drier western side of the Great Dividing Range.

SA Regions¹:  FREPNLSL
Australian States:  WASATASVICNSWQLD
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 Agrilus assimilis assimilis  (total of 29 beetles)
3 2
2 12
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 3 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 3
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Acacia sp.21EPF
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 names in green are hyperlinked to a matching host species page with plant photos.
Plant family
Code beetles % host plant taxa
F Fabaceae 29 100% 5
Position on adult host
on foliage or non-flowering plant2910
Host plant notes

Like Agrilus hypoleucus, this species probably feeds mainly on Acacia foliage. Curletti 2001 reported it being collected from Acacia ligulata, A. pycnantha and Eucalyptus fasciculosa.

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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