Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Astraeus sundholmi   Barker, 2006
subfamily  Polycestinae » tribe  Astraeini » subtribe  Astraeina
Astraeus sundholmi   Adult images
Astraeus sundholmi, SAMA 25-037206, male, from Callitris sp., Holotype, adapted from original, EP, photo by SA Museum Astraeus sundholmi, SAMA 25-037207, female, from Callitris glaucophylla foliage, Allotype (from NSW), adapted from original, photo by SA Museum
Astraeus sundholmi  Distinctive features

Barker 2006c notes that it resembles A. badeni but is not as broad as that species. Apart from differences in elytral patterning, it appears to be similar to A. jansoni, a species that is also associated with Native pines (Callitris spp.).


Currently only known in SA from the holotype collection, "50 km SE Kimba on Cowell rd ". This is a major disjunction from the other listed occurrences in NSW, all from Round Hill Nature Reserve in the western mallee district of that State (Barker 2006c).

SA Regions¹:  EP
Australian States:  SANSW
Southern 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 Astraeus sundholmi  (total of 1 beetles)
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
Adult host plant
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Callitris sp.11EPC
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
C Cupressaceae 1 100% 1
Position on adult host
on plant (unspecified)11
Host plant notes

Numerous adults have been collected from the foliage of White Cypress Pine (Callitris glaucophylla) in the Round Hill Nature Reserve, NSW. This tree is common in the Flinders Ranges and other more arid parts of SA, but reaches its southern limit towards the area where the holotype was collected. The host for that collection, recorded as "Callitris sp.", is more likely to be Callitris gracilis or C. verrucosa.

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