The species name aureus means “golden”, referring to its striking golden colouration.
What does Anoplognathus aureus look like?
Metallic golden yellow-green, rarely coppery-red. Underside metallic gold, except last abdominal segment often partly brown; thorax with very fine, sparse, white hair except on midline; abdomen with very few, fine, white hairs. Legs non-metallic, light brown; tarsi dark.
Clypeus: Round; slightly contracted before apex; recurved along front margin.
Foretibia: Two distinct tibial teeth.
Metaventral process: Long, slightly curved; apex reaching hind margin of forecoxae.
Pygidium: Gold; smooth surface; with very few, fine, erect, yellow hairs.
Where is Anoplognathus aureus found?
East Qld coast, from below Cape York to Rockhampton.
What species are similar to Anoplognathus aureus?
Anoplognathus aureus is very similar to A. parvulus. However it is usually smaller (13 – 16mm), a yellower gold, and has a long, sharp metaventral process, not short or bluntly rounded. The male clypeus is shorter and more evenly rounded.
The species has different colour forms which need to be considered for proper identification.