Friday, February 24, 2012

Leaf rake-like antennae beetle (Callirhipis sp), Sumatra Indonesia

Callirhipis sp. - dorsal view



Callirhipis sp. - ventral view

Those photos above were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This beetle has a unique type of antennae. The antennae of this beetle is looks like a leaf rake. There are nine branches of each antennae. The color of the body is dark brown. The length size is 15mm.
This beetle is from the family of Callirhipidae under genus of Callirhipis. The most resemble beetle to this species available over the internet is Callirhipis cardwellensis (Blackburn, 1896) found in Queensland. The Callirhipis species known to exist in Sumatra is Callirhipis angustior (Fairmaire, 1885), but the image of this species is not available through the internet.

Taxonomy:
Kingdom : Animalia (Animals)
Phylum : Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class : Insecta (Insects)
Order : Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder : Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily : Byrrhoidea (Pill, Water and Toe-winged Beetles)
Family : Callirhipidae (Callirhipid Cedar Beetles)
Genus : Callirhipis

Reference:
http://www.zin.ru/animalia/coleoptera/rus/col_mal2.htm
http://insects.tamu.edu/research/collection/hallan/Arthropoda/Insects/Coleoptera/Family/Callirhipidae.txt


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