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Species Melobasis splendida (Donovan, 1805)


Extra Distribution Information

Exact locality unknown.

Known only from type locality.

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: diurnal, herbivore (associated flora: Syzygium floribundum F.Muell. [MYRTACEAE] Weeping Satin Ash), volant.

Larva: wood-borer (associated flora: Eucalyptus punctata DC. [MYRTACEAE] Leather Jacket; Eucalyptus macrorhyncha F.Muell. ex Benth. [MYRTACEAE] Red Stringybark; Acacia longifolia (Andrews) Willd. [FABACEAE] Sydney Golden Wattle).

Extra Ecological Information

Williams (1995) recorded this species from Waterhousea floribunda [MYRTACEAE]

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 [165] (Acacia longifolia)

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 [65] (Syzygium floribundum)

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 [65] (Acacia longifolia)

Froggatt, W.W. 1907. Australian insects. Sydney : W. Brooks & Co xiv + 449 pp. [Date published 11 June] [163] (Acacia longifolia)

Froggatt, W.W. 1923. Forest Insects of Australia. Sydney : Alfred James Kent, Government Printer viii 171 pp. 2 colour pls. [107] (Acacia longifolia)

Goudie, J.C. 1920. Notes on the Coleoptera of north-western Victoria. Part VIII. Victorian Naturalist 37: 28-34 [30] (Acacia longifolia)

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] (Acacia longifolia)

Hadlington, P. 1951. Forest insects and wood-destroying insects of New South Wales, Part VI. Insects attacking the living and dying trees. Technical Notes, Division of Wood Technology, Forestry Commission of New South Wales 5(4): 7-9 [9] (Acacia longifolia)

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 [15] (Acacia longifolia)

Turner, J.R. & Hawkeswood, T.J. 2011. Eucalyptus macrorhyncha F. Muell. ex Benth. and Eucalyptus punctata DC. (Myrtaceae), the first recorded larval host plants for Melobasis spendida (Donovan, 1805) (Col: Buprestidae) from Australia. Giornale Italiano di Entomologia 12(56): 327-334 [328] (Acacia longifolia)

Williams, G.A. 1995. Pollination Ecology of Lowland Subtropical Rainforests in New South Wales. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of New South Wales, Kensington. (Acacia longifolia)


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)