Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Selagis sp. Large  
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Curidini » subtribe  Curidina
Selagis sp. Large   Adult images
Selagis sp. Large, PL4517, female, EP, 16.1 × 6.0 mm
16.1 mm
6.0 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
Selagis sp. Large  Distinctive features

Difffers from S. corusca in its larger size, wider head with a gentler and shallower frons depression, pronotum broader and less tapered towards posterior, and blue-green underside. Differs from S. viridicyanea in the duller upper surface, narrower body shape, and a reduced marginal flange confined to the posterior part of the pronotum.


Known from an old dead specimen found on an Eyre Peninsula salt lake in 1999, and a live one caught at the same location some time between 3 Dec 2018 and 16 Mar 2019.

The illustrated collection resembles specimens at the SA Museum of the WA species Selagis chloriantha (Fairemaire 1877) except that the dorsal side is dull and lacks the violet colouration typical of that species. However, Selagis sp. Large may prove to be synonymous with S. chloriantha.

Another SA Museum specimen labelled as from 'Murray R[iver]' and previously treated as S. viridicyanea appears to be a closer match with S. chloriantha and is grouped with Selagis sp. Large here. Problems with the separation of these taxa suggests that there may be a zone of intergradation in SA between S. chloriantha from western Australia and S. viridicyanea from eastern Australia.

SA Regions¹:  EPMU?
Australian States:  SA
Southern South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
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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