Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Melobasis sp. Shiny grey  
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Melobasini » subtribe  Melobasina
Melobasis  species group: ignipicta
Melobasis sp. Shiny grey  Distinctive features

Generally dark grey and shiny appearance, each elytron with two prominent major ribs which are narrow and strongly raised, plus some other finer ones; outline strongly tapered in posterior towards elytral apex; distinctive aedeagus


Only known in SA Museum from three specimens with the dates 1967 and 1972, collected from the eastern side of the Adelaide Hills.

SA Regions¹:  SL
Australian States:  SAVIC
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 Melobasis sp. Shiny grey  (total of 2 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
C Casuarinaceae 3 100% 1
Position on adult host
on plant (unspecified)31
Host plant notes

The three SA specimens mentioned above were collected from Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) by Shelley Barker, as stated on the labels, and were taken from the foliage (S. Barker, 2011, pers. comm.).

From Moe, Victoria there is a larval host record for the same plant family, Casuarinaceae, based on three specimens in the Victorian Museum with the label stating 'bred ex Casuarina sticks' (C.G.L. Gooding, NMV T8666 to T8668).

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