Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Melobasis formosa Carter, 1923



Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Specimen labelled Mackay "undoubtedly wrongly labelled" (Levey 2012: 38)

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


WA: Coolgardie (COO), Central Ranges (CR), Dampierland (DL), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Gibson Desert (GD), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Hampton (HAM), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), Murchison (MUR), Nullarbor (NUL), Tanami (TAN)

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: diurnal, herbivore (associated flora: Acacia acuminata Benth. [FABACEAE] Jam Wattle), volant.

Larva: wood-borer.

Extra Ecological Information

Adults recorded as collected on foliage and cut from Jam Tree (Acacia sp. [FABACEAE])

Associated Flora References

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 [61] (Acacia acuminata)

Levey, B. 2012. A Revision of the Australian species of the genus Melobasis Laporte & Gory 1837 (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), Part 1 (Introductory material, key to species-groups and keys to species of the thoracica, pusilla, formosa, propinqua & gloriosa species-groups). Zootaxa 3464: 1-107 [39] (Acacia acuminata)


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
12-Feb-2010 (import)