The species name rugosus means “wrinkled”, referring to the rough surface of its elytra.
The common name “Copper Crown Beetle” was provided by Ayesha Azeem.
What does Anoplognathus rugosus look like?
Orange to red brown, with golden green reflections, except on elytra. Underside black, with last abdominal segment brown; thorax with long, white, hair except on midline; abdomen with very few, scattered, short, white hair. Legs yellow brown to orange, with weak green reflections; tarsi black.
Clypeus: Evently contracted at middle; strongly recurved; apex square.
Foretibia: Three tibial teeth, two distinct, one weak.
Metaventral process: Triangular; flat; apex reaching forecoxae.
Pygidium: Red brown, with green reflections; very smooth surface texture; with very few, scattered, fine, erect, yellow hairs near apex.
Where is Anoplognathus rugosus found?
South East Australian Coast, from Newcastle, NSW to Chiltern, VIC.
What species are similar to Anoplognathus rugosus?
A. porosus, A. pindarus, A. boisduvali.
Anoplognathus rugosus has red brown pygidium with green reflections. The pygidium is also very smooth and shiny, not dull or matt, with only a few scattered setae at its tip, but no distinctive pattern.