Lepanus australis, Matthews, 1974

Gunter, Nicole L. & Weir, Thomas A., 2019, Revision of Australian species of the dung beetle genus Lepanus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae): description of 10 new species from the L. australis, L. monteithi, and L. villosus species groups, Zootaxa 4695 (3), pp. 201-252: 204

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4695.3.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:32E17629-F29A-47C8-ACCB-69A32C17B147

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03ED0167-FF86-FFBE-FF1D-F1A0FA01F968

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scientific name

Lepanus australis
status

 

Key to species of Lepanus australis   species group.

1. Front edge of protibiae truncate ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 A–B), apical digit short and triangular in males and absent in females, apical spur absent in males and present in females where it arises directly from the front edge; central Queensland, Eungella area.......................................................................... Lepanus eungella Gunter & Weir   , new species

- Front edge of protibiae deeply angulate ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 C–D), apical digit elongate in both males and females, apical spur absent in males and present in females where it arises from apical digit.................................................. 2

2. Elytra with striae 1–7 impressed, appearing as double lines ( Fig. 2C View FIGURE 2 ); head and disc of pronotum with obvious dense punctures; metanepisternum reticulate and with a row of obvious punctures ( Fig. 1E View FIGURE 1 ); male metafemora expanded medially ( Fig. 1H View FIGURE 1 ); metatibiae with inner edge curved, more so in male than female; aedeagus as in Fig. 3C View FIGURE 3 ); northern Queensland, Wet Tropics............................................................. Lepanus dukungarri Gunter & Weir   , new species

- Elytra with striae more superficial, striae 1–3 or 1–4 appearing as double lines, striae 5–7 appearing single; head and disc of pronotum with punctures less obvious and less dense; metanepisternum either reticulate or with a row of punctures, but never both together; metafemora not expanded medially; metatibiae with inner edge almost straight......................... 3

3. Basal carina of head present, interrupted in the middle ( Fig. 1I View FIGURE 1 ); eye canthus not dividing eye; elytral epipleura not reticulate, lower edge curving upwards to meet lateral carina of elytra basally ( Fig. 1G View FIGURE 1 , grey arrow); metanepisternum smooth, with a row of very fine punctures ( Fig. 1G View FIGURE 1 , white arrow); abdominal ventrite 6 virtually impunctate; southeastern Queensland ......................................................................... Lepanus oxleyi Gunter & Weir   , new species

- Basal carina of head absent; eye canthus dividing eye; elytral epipleura reticulate throughout, lower edge not curving upwards to meet lateral carina of elytra basally ( Fig. 1F View FIGURE 1 ); metanepisternum reticulate, not punctate; abdominal ventrite 6 with discernible punctures............................................................................................ 4

4. Elytra black or dark brown with red humeri ( Fig. 2B View FIGURE 2 ); pronotum with punctures along basal margin circular, similar to those adjacent on disc; elytra with neither striae 6 or 7 reaching basal margin, ending in the red humeral patch and parallel to each other at this point; southeastern Queensland ............................ Lepanus burnetti Gunter & Weir   , new species

- Elytra uniformly black or brown; pronotum with punctures along basal margin somewhat elongate, different to those adjacent on disc; elytra with stria 6 reaching basal margin, stria 7 not reaching basal margin and converging towards stria 6 basally... ................................................................................................... 5

5. Lateral lobe of metaventrite with inner border beside mesocoxae anteriorly curving to meet lateral border ( Fig. 1J View FIGURE 1 ); mesepimeron usually smooth; pygidium with minute unevenly distributed punctures, often appearing impunctate ( Fig. 4E View FIGURE 4 ); aedeagus as in Figs 3E View FIGURE 3 ; northern Queensland, Wet Tropics................................... Lepanus latheticus Matthews, 1974  

- Lateral lobe of metaventrite with inner border next to mesocoxae anteriorly straight, lateral border virtually absent ( Fig. 1F View FIGURE 1 ); mesepimeron usually reticulate; pygidium with discernible punctures, evenly distributed ( Fig. 4A View FIGURE 4 ); aedeagus as in Figs 3A View FIGURE 3 ; southeastern Australia from central Queensland (St Lawrence) to Victoria (Mallacoota)...................................................................................................... Lepanus australis Matthews, 1974  

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Scarabaeidae

Genus

Lepanus