Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina punctiventris   (Saunders, 1869)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: punctiventris
Castiarina punctiventris   Adult images
Castiarina punctiventris, PL1910, male, on Eucalyptus dumosa, EP, 13.5 × 4.8 mm Castiarina punctiventris, PL1910, male, from Eucalyptus dumosa flowers, EP, 13.5 × 4.8 mm Castiarina punctiventris, PL1910, male, on Eucalyptus dumosa, EP, 13.5 × 4.8 mm
13.5 mm
4.8 mm
Measurements (mm)
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
Castiarina punctiventris  Distinctive features

Pronotum widest at posterior 25%. Elytral base with black-blue margin markedly broadening towards the scutellum and confluent posteriorly with the pre-medial fascia, but not continuing any further down the suture; apices bispinose. Ventral side dark blue. Aedeagus linear-rectangular, being narrow with straight parallel sides and truncate at the apex.


This species was previously known on these web pages as 'Castiarina cf. goudiana' until July 2021 when Allen Sundholm proposed that it was C. punctiventris.

It was first described by Saunders in 1869 based on a type specimen from Gawler, SA. The specimen illustrated here is probably the first SA collection since at least 1916, when Carter 1916 published a synonymous species with two syntypes designated as from 'SA'. It differs from two WA specimens seen by having the pre-medial fascia broken into three patches.

SA Regions¹:  EP
Australian States:  WASAVICNSW
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 Castiarina punctiventris  (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
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
M Myrtaceae 1 100% 1
Position on adult host
on flowering plant11
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.