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Species Melobasis cupriceps (Kirby, 1818)

Distribution

States

New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria


Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)

IBRA

NSW, Qld, Tas, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Ben Lomond (BEL), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Channel Country (CHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Flinders (FLI), Gulf Plains (GUP), King (KIN), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Tasmanian Central Highlands (TCH), Tasmanian Northern Midlands (TNM), Tasmanian Northern Slopes (TNS), Tasmanian South East (TSE), Tasmanian Southern Ranges (TSR), Tasmanian West (TWE), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Wet Tropics (WT)

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • New South Wales
    • Queensland
    • Tasmania
    • Victoria: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: diurnal, herbivore (associated flora: Viminaria juncea (Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.) Hoffmanns. [FABACEAE] Golden Spray (on flowers)), volant.

Larva: wood-borer (associated flora: Jacksonia scoparia R.Br. ex Sm. [FABACEAE] Dogwood; Viminaria juncea (Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.) Hoffmanns. [FABACEAE] Golden Spray; Podolobium aciculiferum F.Muell. [FABACEAE] Needle Shaggy Pea; Acacia longifolia (Andrews) Willd. [FABACEAE] Sydney Golden Wattle).

Extra Ecological Information

Hawkeswood & Peterson (1982) recorded this species (after Froggatt 1895) breeding in Acacia longifolia and adults feeding on Viminaria juncea (Fabaceae); Williams & Williams (1983) repeated the adult feeding record; Turner & Hawkeswood (1996) added Oxylobium aciculiferum (Fabaceae) as a larval host.

Associated Flora References

Bellamy, C.L. 2002. Coleoptera: Buprestoidea. In Houston, W.W.K. (ed.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 29.5. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, Australia. pp. XII 491 +4 colour pls [149] (Viminaria juncea)

Bellamy, C.L., Williams, G.A., Hasenpusch, J. & Sundholm, A. 2013. A summary of the published data on host plants and morphology of immature stages of Australian jewel beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), with additional new records. Insecta Mundi 0293: 1-172 [60] (Viminaria juncea)

Carter, H.J. 1923. A revision of the Australian species of the genus Melobasis (Fam. Buprestidae, Order Coleoptera), with notes on allied genera. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London 1923(1–2): 64–105, pls I,II [64] (Viminaria juncea)

Froggatt, W.W. 1895. Life histories of Australian Coleoptera. Part III. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 20: 325-336 [332] (Viminaria juncea)

Froggatt, W.W. 1923. Forest Insects of Australia. Sydney : Alfred James Kent, Government Printer viii 171 pp. 2 colour pls. [106] (Viminaria juncea)

Gurney, W.B. 1911. A study of wattle trees (Acacia) and a list of insects of wattle trees. The Australian Zoologist 2: 56-59 [58] (Viminaria juncea)

Hawkeswood, T.J. 1978. Observations on some Buprestidae (Coleoptera) from the Blue Mountains, N.S.W. The Australian Zoologist 19(3): 257-275 [260] (Viminaria juncea)

Hawkeswood, T.J. 2011. Review of the biology and host plants for the Australian species of the genus Melobasis Laporte & Gory, 1837 (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Calodema 183: 1-23 [3] (Viminaria juncea)

Turner, J. & Hawkeswood, T.J. 1994. A note on the larval host plant and biology of Melobasis apicalis MacLeay (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) from Australia. Giornale Italiano di Entomologia 7: 97-102 [101] (Viminaria juncea)

Turner, J. & Hawkeswood, T.J. 1996. A note on the larval host plants and biology of Melobasis cupriceps (Kirby) (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) from Australia. Mauritiana (Altenburg) 16: 81-86 [81] (Viminaria juncea)

Turner, J. & Hawkeswood, T.J. 1997. A new larval host plant for Melobasis apicalis MacLeay and M. cupriceps (Kirby) from Australia (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Giornale Italiano di Entomologia 7: 261-264 [261] (Viminaria juncea)

Webb, G.A. 1997. Patterns in the use of Acacia longifolia (Andr.) Willd. (Mimosaceae) by wood-boring insects. Victorian Entomologist 27: 54-62 [61] (Viminaria juncea)

Williams, G.A. & Williams, T. 1983. A list of the Buprestidae (Coleoptera) of the Sydney basin, New South Wales, with adult food plant records and biological notes on food plant associations. Australian Entomological Magazine 9(6): 81-93 [86] (Viminaria juncea)

 

General References

Burns, G.G. & Burns, A.J. 1992. The distribution of Victorian jewel beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) - an ENTRECS project. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Victoria 5: 1-53 [7] (Map 35)

Carter, H.J. 1929. A check list of the Australian Buprestidae. With tables and keys to sub-families, tribes, and genera (by A. Théry). The Australian Zoologist 5(4): 265-304 [Date published 24 Mar 1929] [284]

Froggatt, W.W. 1895. Life histories of Australian Coleoptera. Part III. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 20: 325-336 (host notes)

Hawkeswood, T.J. & Peterson, M. 1982. A review of larval host records for Australian jewel beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Victorian Naturalist 99: 240-251 [243] (larval food plant)

Laporte de Castelnau, F.L. & Gory, H.L. 1837. Histoire Naturelle et Iconographie des Insectes Coléoptères. Monographie des Buprestides. Histoire naturelle de iconographie des insectes Coléoptères. Monographie des buprestides. Buprestis, Nascio, Acherusia, Asthraeus, Bulis, Acantha, Apatura. Paris : P. Duménil Vol. 1(12–16) 65-160 pp. [119]

Masters, G. 1886. Catalogue of the described Coleoptera of Australia. Part III. Lucanidae and Scarabaeidae. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 2 1: 21-126 [73] (presenting alternative taxonomic arrangement iridescens as variety)

Masters, G. 1886. Catalogue of the described Coleoptera of Australia. Part III. Lucanidae and Scarabaeidae. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 2 1: 21-126 [73] (2672)

Obenberger, J. 1930. Buprestidae 2. pp. 213-568 in Junk, W. & Schenkling, S. (eds). Coleopterorum Catalogus. Berlin : W. Junk Vol. 111. [429]

Saunders, E. 1868. A revision of the Australian Buprestidae described by the Rev. F. W. Hope. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London 16: 1-67 [Date published April 1868] [15]

Turner, J. & Hawkeswood, T.J. 1996. A note on the larval host plants and biology of Melobasis cupriceps (Kirby) (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) from Australia. Mauritiana (Altenburg) 16: 81-86 [81] (larval hosts)

Turner, J. & Hawkeswood, T.J. 1997. A new larval host plant for Melobasis apicalis MacLeay and M. cupriceps (Kirby) from Australia (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Giornale Italiano di Entomologia 7: 261-264 [261]

 

History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
16-Jun-2022 BUPRESTIDAE Leach, 1815 16-Jun-2022 MODIFIED
04-Aug-2021 BUPRESTIDAE Leach, 1815 27-May-2022 MODIFIED
24-Dec-2020 BUPRESTOIDEA 16-Jun-2022 MODIFIED
01-Jul-2020 POLYPHAGA 16-Jun-2022 MODIFIED Max Beatson
05-Mar-2019 BUPRESTIDAE Leach, 1815 16-Jun-2022 MODIFIED
05-Mar-2019 Buprestinae Leach, 1815 16-Jun-2022 MODIFIED
05-Mar-2019 Buprestinae Leach, 1815 16-Jun-2022 MODIFIED
28-Jan-2014 BUPRESTIDAE Leach, 1815 16-Jun-2022 MODIFIED Dr Federica Turco (QM)
10-Oct-2012 10-Oct-2012 MOVED
13-Nov-2012 16-Jun-2022 MODIFIED
16-Jun-2022 MODIFIED