Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Australorhipis aphanochila   Bellamy, 1986
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Curidini » subtribe  Anilarina
Australorhipis aphanochila   Adult images
Australorhipis aphanochila, MAH 12118, male, EP, photo by Mark Hura Australorhipis aphanochila, MAH 12117, female, EP, photo by Mark Hura Australorhipis aphanochila, MAH 12117, female, EP, photo by Mark Hura Australorhipis aphanochila, MAH 12117-8, female & male, EP, photo by Mark Hura
6.6 mm
2.6 mm
Measurements (mm)
n = 1
n = 1
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
Australorhipis aphanochila  Distinctive features

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.).

SA Regions¹:  EP
Australian States:  SANSW
Southern South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Host plant notes

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 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
sizeThe ellipse is the correct size when printed, indicative on a desktop screen, and likely to be wrong on a mobile device.