The species name aeneus means “coppery” referring to its striking copper-green colouration.
What does Anoplognathus aeneus look like?
Deep, metallic green. Underside deep, metallic rose to rose-green; thorax and abdomen with coarse, long, white hair, except on midline. Legs dark brown to deep rpse; mid and hind legs with long, erect, white hair.
Clypeus: Wide; strongly contracted before apex; narrower front margin abruptly recurved; apex square.
Foretibia: Three distinct tibial teeth.
Metaventral process: Long; curved; apex overhanging forecoxae.
Pygidium: Green; irregularly punctured surface texture; with sparse, short, flat, white hair and long erect, yellow hairs.
Where is Anoplognathus aeneus found?
Tropical North QLD, below Cape York.
What species are similar to Anoplognathus aeneus?
A. prasinus, A. punctulatus, A. smaragdinus
Anoplognathus aeneus is distinctively large. It is a metallic green, without brown borders on its elytra. The pronotum and elytra are coarse with irregular punctures, not smooth. The clypeus and pygidium do not bear any setae.